Item #215852 The Sterilization of Carrie Buck. J. David Smith, K. Ray Nelson.
The Sterilization of Carrie Buck
The Sterilization of Carrie Buck

The Sterilization of Carrie Buck

New Horizon Press, 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #215852
ISBN: 0882820451

268 pages. Buck was the first person to be forcibly sterilized under the Virginia eugenics law, the Compulsory Sterilization Law. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by Smith, 'Steve, thanks so much for your interest and encouragement. Dave.' Steve was Stephen Jay Gould, who had written about the Carrie Buck case on a number of occasions. He is thanked in the acknowledgements for commenting on an early draft. *** From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay 'A Seahorse for All Races' Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: 'Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book.' *** We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.

Inside story of America's first compulsory sterilization. Electrifying disclosures by Carrie herself.

Price: $40.00

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