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The State Boys Rebellion
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date March 29, 2005
Pages 310
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743245135
ISBN-10 074324513X
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $19.99
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Summary
An expos$ of the mid-twentieth-century practice of identifying and institutionalizing children with low IQ scores recounts the story of a group of boys at the Fernald State School in Massachusetts who successfully fought for their freedom and reentered society only to discover that they had been experimented on in Cold War studies. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the amazing story of how a group of imprisoned boys won their freedom, found justice, and survived one of the darkest and least-known episodes of American history.
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 denied education, sterilized, drugged, and abused. Under programs that ran into the 1970s, more than 250,000 children were separated from their families, although many of them were merely unwanted orphans, truants, or delinquents.
The State Boys Rebellion conveys the shocking truth about America's eugenic era through the experiences of a group of boys held at the Fernald State School in Massachusetts starting in the late 1940s. In the tradition of Erin Brockovich, it recounts the boys' dramatic struggle to demand their rights and secure their freedom. It also covers their horrifying discovery many years later that they had been fed radioactive oatmeal in Cold War experiments -- and the subsequent legal battle that ultimately won them a multimillion-dollar settlement.
Meticulously researched through school archives, previously sealed papers, and interviews with the surviving State Boys, this deft exposé is a powerful reminder of the terrifying consequences of unchecked power as well as an inspiring testament to the strength of the human spirit.

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