The State Boys Rebellion
In the early twentieth century, United States health officials used IQ tests to single out "feebleminded" children and force them into institutions where they were deni ...more
I consider it a great honor to have presided at Freddie's funeral. I will never forget him.
I am currently reading a book about McLean Hospital, which is what reminded me of "The State Boys." Everyone in the Boston area should know this history.
Yes it was informative, eye-opening to the chapter of American history that is most often 'forgotten' or disregarded. It is interesting how the APUSH book makes no mention of it. The plight is sad and largely ignored in America, etc. and I would wish for more people to know of it.
As a book, though, the writing style was not particularly remarkable, slash did not keep me very engaged [though I admit non-fiction is not typically what I read atoll].
The importance of the message [am glad to be ...more
D'Antonio's work is the personal narrative of Freddie Boyce, one of a group of boys who refused to see themselves as feebleminded. It is also ...more
But, this book was more about overcomi ...more
I loved this book! To think this was going on streets down from where I grew up is crazy! Michael D'Antonio told the story beautifully and with such respect given to everyone who went thru the bell in that school.
DreamWorks Pictures recently purchased the film rights to State Boys Rebellion, the retelling of one of America's most shameful episodes in history. Fernald was no anomaly. Similar institutions, fostering more than 250,000 mostly normal (if unprivileged) children, survived through the 1970s. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist D'Antonio, author of acclaimed books including Atomic Harvest, recounts this heartbreaking story through archival research and interviews with former State Boys and Fernald...more
Author strikes a good balance of historical research and personal anecdotes, ...more
However, the writing is not worthy of a 4, unfortunately. The second half of the book seemed randomly assembled, with too many details of things such as how carnival games work and too few details on the more relevant topics such as their "finding justice".
Still, important topic, definitely worthy of reading.
This was an awesome book. Period.