Vanished in Hiawatha: The Story of the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians (Paperback)Carla Joinson (author)
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After three decades of complacency, both the superintendent and the city of Canton were surprised to discover that someone did care, and that a bitter fight to shut the asylum down was about to begin. In this disturbing tale, Carla Joinson unravels the question of why this institution persisted for so many years. She also investigates the people who allowed Canton Asylum's mismanagement to reach such staggering proportions and asks why its administrators and staff were so indifferent to the misery experienced by their patients.
Vanished in Hiawatha is the harrowing tale of the mistreatment of Native American patients at a notorious asylum whose history helps us to understand the broader mistreatment of Native peoples under forced federal assimilation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 424
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"[Carla Joinson] exposes the notorious Canton Asylum with balance and compassion. Long overlooked, the story of this asylum has at last found a lucid, discerning, and worthy chronicler."-Philip Burnham, author of Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of the Little Bighorn -- Philip Burnham
"A valuable resource for a number of different fields of scholarship, as well as for the average reader looking to learn about this unique institution."-John Truden, South Dakota History -- John Truden * South Dakota History *
"Just when we thought we had heard the worst about our treatment of Native Americans, along comes Carla Joinson with Vanished in Hiawatha. The story is painful, but Joinson's elegant narrative and prose get us through it. This powerful book is about Indians-and ourselves."-Catherine Robbins, author of All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) -- Catherine Robbins
"Carla Joinson's fine history of a harsh institution offers compelling glimpses of those forced to live there and a detailed look at the people who made it hell."-LLyn De Danaan, author of Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay -- LLyn De Danaan
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