The State Boys Rebellion

The State Boys Rebellion

Michael D'Antonio


A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the superb tale of the way a bunch of imprisoned boys gained their freedom, came upon justice, and survived one of many darkest and least-known episodes of yankee historical past.
within the early 20th century, usa well-being officers used IQ assessments to unmarried out "feebleminded" kids and strength them into associations the place they have been denied schooling, sterilized, drugged, and abused. lower than courses that bumped into the Nineteen Seventies, greater than 250,000 young ones have been separated from their households, even though lots of them have been purely undesirable orphans, truants, or delinquents.
The country Boys Rebellion conveys the surprising fact approximately America's eugenic period during the reviews of a bunch of boys held on the Fernald country tuition in Massachusetts beginning within the past due Nineteen Forties. within the culture of Erin Brockovich, it recounts the men' dramatic fight to call for their rights and safe their freedom. It additionally covers their frightening discovery a long time later they had been fed radioactive oatmeal in chilly conflict experiments -- and the next criminal conflict that finally received them a multimillion-dollar cost.
Meticulously researched via institution data, formerly sealed papers, and interviews with the surviving kingdom Boys, this deft exposé is a robust reminder of the terrifying effects of unchecked strength in addition to an inspiring testomony to the power of the human spirit.

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