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Outsiders: Those Who Fell Outside the Cultural Norm

This discussion series examines the treatment of populations outside the cultural norms of the late 19th and early 20th century America. The books cover the historical conditions and treatments of Native Americans, women deemed mentally ill and locked away, and those considered developmentally handicapped, mentally handicapped and/or genetically inferior.

Books in this Series

  • David Wallace Adams, Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928
  • Nancy Gallagher, Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State
  • James W. Trent Jr., Inventing the Feeble Mind
  • Jeffery Geller and Maxine Harrison, Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls

Available Facilitators

How to Book this Series

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