And Neither Have I Wings to Fly: Labelled and Locked Up in by Thelma Wheatley

By Thelma Wheatley

The surprising actual tale of the institutionalization and abuse of youngsters and adults with highbrow and actual handicaps in Canada’s oldest provincial establishment in Orillia, Ontario. Daisy Lumsden and her kinfolk have been such sufferers, besides over 10000 kids, together with babies, and adults with highbrow disabilities devoted during the last century to the establishment referred to now as Huronia nearby Centre, previously the Asylum for Idiots and Feeble-Minded. the timeframe of the booklet, 1900-1966, covers the main debatable many years in its historical past, a time of over-crowding and abuses that reached a crux within the Fifties and Sixties whilst the inmate inhabitants was once approximately 3000. sufferers of the emerging eugenic ideology of the early 1900s that infiltrated Canada from usa and Britain, advocating segregation and involuntary sterilization of the “feeble-minded,” Daisy’s relatives – uneducated, ignorant, unemployed, incestuous, negative – have been simply identifiable as “feeble-minded” and “unfit,” unwittingly stuck up in a genetic “survival of the fittest.” yet who're the “unfit” in our society? And who comes to a decision?

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