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THE CRUSADE FOR FORGOTTEN SOULS event at SubText Books with Susan Bartlett Foote

When Sep 19, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where SubText Books, 6 W 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
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Foote_Crusade coverSusan Bartlett Foote will be at SubText Books on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of her book The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota Nonfiction and the Midwestern History Association Hamlin Garland Prize.


The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system. Susan Bartlett Foote tells the story of the early advocates for compassionate care of the mentally ill who made the crusade a success.


"In a wondrous feat of research and storytelling, Susan Bartlett Foote has distilled personal accounts, public and institutional records, and newspaper coverage to dramatically detail Minnesota’s mental health reform of the last century. Her narrative is harrowing and inspiring—a tribute to the difficult work of countless people, many of them outraged ordinary folk, who challenged the horrors of a stubborn and intractable system." —Jack El-Hai, author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and The Lobotomist


"The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts the story of courageous Minnesotans who fought the first battle in the ongoing fight for the rights of the mentally ill. Others have taken up the cause, like my father, Paul Wellstone, who made mental health reform the centerpiece of his years in the United States Senate. Susan Bartlett Foote’s compelling story provides an inspiration to current reformers to continue the crusade for what my father called ‘a besieged minority.’" —Dave Wellstone


"Susan Bartlett Foote’s exhaustively researched book gives compelling evidence that even by the standards of the time, Minnesota’s system of segregated mental institutions was backward, barbaric and particularly resistant to social change." —Star Tribune