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God knows his name : the true story of John Doe no. 24

Author: David Bakke
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2000.
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Police found John Doe No. 24 in the early morning hours of October 11, 1945, in Jacksonville, Illinois. Unable to communicate, the deaf and mute teenager was labeled "feeble minded" and sentenced by a judge to the nightmarish jumble of the Lincoln State School and Colony in Jacksonville. He remained in the Illinois mental health care system for over thirty years and died at the Sharon Oaks Nursing Home in Peoria on  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Case studies
Named Person: John Doe; John Doe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bakke
ISBN: 0809323265 9780809323265 0809323273 9780809323272
OCLC Number: 43286608
Description: xxii, 142 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Mary Chapin Carpenter --
1. Born into the Arms of the State: Jacksonville, October 1945 --
2. Working Boy: Lincoln, 1945-1955 --
3. Saved: Lincoln, 1955-1975 --
4. The Birth of Knowledge: Jacksonville, 1975-1981 --
5. Learning How to Live: New York, 1981-1983 --
6. Independence: Springfield, 1983-1987 --
7. Unknown, Unmarked: Peoria, 1987-1993.
Responsibility: Dave Bakke ; with a foreword by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
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A reconstruction of the life of John Doe No 24, the deaf and mute black man who survived institutionalized hell. It uses research into a half-century of the American state mental health system,  Read more...


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