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October Book Club

When Oct 16, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Tippie Room
Contact Name
Contact Phone 319-444-2902
Attendees Members, having read the book,are encouraged to attend.
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This harrowing story chronicles the decades-long indentured servitude of a group of intellectually disabled men that persisted until 2013. Journalist Dan Barry explains how the residents of a small town in Iowa interacted with the men who lived in their old schoolhouse, offering a mix of paternalism and kindness while failing to see the conditions under which the men were being kept. The story’s characters—the local Luth­eran church and its pastor, employees of the turkey company that exploited the men, and most significantly, the intellectually disabled men themselves—interact vividly. The narrative’s underlying question is unsettlingly familiar: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.