Damnation Island

Damnation Island

Poor, Sick, Mad & Criminal in 19th-century New York

eBook - 2018
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"It's now known as New York City's Roosevelt Island. Originally called Blackwell's Island, it housed a lunatic asylum, prison, hospital, workhouse and almshouse in the 19th century. This book re-creates what daily life was like on the island, what politics shaped it, and what constituted therapy and charity in the nineteenth century"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018
ISBN: 9781616208288
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 29, 2019

Some individual chapters were interesting, but I thought the way the author tried to organize it caused the dates to keep going forward and backward, it was very confusing. Also the language use (not quotes) at times were kind of juvenile, like an aural report a student tried to ad-lib.

May 06, 2019

A little known history of Blackwell's Island used as a place to put people who were poor, sick, mad, and criminal. Out of the way on an island in New York anything was done to the poor people who were sent there, even small children. Many died without help at all. If you think it's only history read this great book. Lots of research was done to write this book!

Sep 05, 2018

The harrowing recreated story of life on this 19th century island,plus others. She did an amazing job. I cannot get the inhumane scenes out of my head right now. It was a relief to see Rev. French in this story. He was a bright ray of hope, on this total island of pain and suffering. Hopefully, things will continue to progress in a better direction of treatment for people today. There always is room for improvements........always.

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