Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six 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.Using legal records, institutional files, and extensive oral history interviews--some conducted in sign language--Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner piece together the story of a deaf man accused in 1925 of attempted rape, found insane at a lunacy hearing, comm
Contents; Introduction; 1 One Misstep; 2 From One Institution to Another; 3 Walls; 4 Renaming, Remaining; 5 Classified; 6 Vital Signs; 7 Reinterpreting; 8 New Places, New Faces; 9 Almost Home; 10 Judgments; 11 The End?; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index
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