Unspeakable

Unspeakable

The Story of Junius Wilson

eBook - 2007
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Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Joyner, Hannah
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Oct 13, 2016

Truly interesting story and a rather sad representation of an African-American man born deaf and treated poorly during the Jim Crow era of Southern life. As a child, he was sent to a deaf school and learned a version of sign language that was only understood by fellow students and staff. His family falsely accused him of sexually assaulting his aunt, he was sent to the state institution for the criminally insane, where he was castrated and basically warehoused for the rest of his life. He could not communicate with anyone and the staff never thought he was insane. A sad representation of a disabled, poor, black man and the treatment of him by a racist, ignorant society. An interesting read - I read it for a class and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in disability / diversity studies.

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