Unspeakable The Story of Junius Wilson (Hardcover)
|Author: Susan/ Joyner Burch|
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|Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent 76 years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including 6 in the criminal ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge. But he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. "Unspeakable" is the story of his life. In addition to offering a bottom-up history of life in a segregated mental institution, Burch and Joyner's biography also enriches the traditional interpretation of Jim Crow by highlighting the complicated intersections of race and disability as well as of community and language.|
"An engrossing and insightful look at changes in how race and disability have been viewed from the perspective of one man's life." - Vanessa Bush 10/15/2007