Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell

1927 U.S. Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell

Research Paper
Research the 1927 U.S. Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell, which involved state-
enforced eugenic sterilization for people who were considered feebleminded or
otherwise genetically inferior. Write a minimum 1200-word research paper on
findings. Summarize the case, define the eugenic movement, and discuss its role in
this case. Also, address Oliver Wendell Holmes’s statement, “It is better for all
the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to
let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly
unfit from continuing their kind.”

Answer the following questions:
What happened to eugenics, particularly enforced sterilization, in the years
following the Supreme Court’s findings in the Buck v. Bell case? What is the
current legal status of enforced sterilization in the U.S.?
Is the study of genetics, especially heredity, sufficiently predictable to justify
using it to make decisions such as those imposed on Carrie Buck? Should genetics be
used as the basis for any type of legal decision?