Defending the Defenseless by Karl D. Stephan

Review Feature

Defending the Defenseless

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reviewed by Karl D. Stephan

On May 2, 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Carrie Buck v. John Bell. Carrie Buck was a pregnant teenage girl from Virginia whose pregnancy resulted from being raped by her foster mother's nephew. Her foster parents decided to cover up the crime by committing Carrie to the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, claiming she was feebleminded, epileptic, and promiscuous.

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