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Undesirables

The Law that Locked Away a Generation

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'You will have heard about Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries… How surprised would you be to discover that a comparable system operated in Britain during the 20th century?… Brace yourself for The Undesirables, Sarah Wise's sprawling, shocking study of the impact of the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act.' —The Times

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Detaljer

Forlag
Oneworld Publications
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780861544554
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
23 x 15 cm

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'You will have heard about Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries… How surprised would you be to discover that a comparable system operated in Britain during the 20th century?… Brace yourself for The Undesirables, Sarah Wise's sprawling, shocking study of the impact of the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act.' —The Times

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'A masterpiece of historical research. Sarah Wise’s exposure of the ways in which we treated so many people a century ago, and still many in recent years, begs the question of who is the most morally defective.' —Danny Dorling, author of Shattered Nation

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'Is there any miscarriage of justice more grievous than a badly framed law? The historian Sarah Wise makes a powerful case for the prosecution in The Undesirables, a staggering study of 1913's largely forgotten Mental Deficiency Act... Wise's book bristles with injustices.' —Sunday Telegraph, *****

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'Social historian Sarah Wise has written an important, shocking book in The Undesirables: The Law That Locked Away a GenerationWise throws light on a shameful national scandal.’ —Independent, Books of the Month

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'The Undesirables is as compelling as it is shocking... It is impossible not to feel outraged by this history of wasted lives. Wise does not shy away from calling to account the authorities who enforced the Mental Deficiency Act... as well as the wider public, for allowing this grave social injustice to happen.' —History Today

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'Superb. The heartrending stories Sarah Wise has unearthed beggar belief… beautifully researched and truly compelling.' —Catherine Bailey, author of Black Diamonds

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