Friday, April 01, 2011
'We were not orphans: Stories from the Waco State School'
I heard a fascinating if disturbing interview on NPR this morning with the author of a new book out on the history the Waco State School - a reformatory created by the Legislature in 1923 and closed in the late '70s - with the same title as this post, including allegations of extremist brutality (e.g., sexual molestation and beatings with baseball bats). But there are also many positive memories and stories of redemption from school alumni, says the author, and the oral histories are supplemented by extensive documentary research. See early reviews here and here, as well as this video preview of what appears to be an extraordinary work of historical and archival research, performed just in time before those who could supply first-hand accounts are no longer around to tell their stories.