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The Colony

Tayman, John. (Author).


Summary: Reveals the untold history of the infamous American leprosy colony on Molokai and of the extraordinary people who struggled to survive under the most horrific circumstances. Tracked by bounty hunters and torn screaming from their families, the luckless were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and most of those who did were not contagious, yet all were caught in a shared nightmare. The colony had little food, little medicine, and very little hope. Exile continued for more than a century, the longest and deadliest instance of medical segregation in American history. Nearly 9,000 people were banished to the colony, trapped by pounding surf, armed guards, and the highest sea cliffs in the world. 28 live there still.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780743233002
  • ISBN: 074323300X
  • ISBN: 0743233018
  • ISBN: 9780743233019
  • ISBN: 9781448709625
  • ISBN: 1448709628
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2006.

Contents / Notes

General Note: "A Lisa Drew book."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-396) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Run (population 1,143) -- Scattered seeds (population 0) -- Almost-island (population 0) -- "A kind of colony" (population 13) -- Order (population 106) -- Ready to believe (population 214) -- A far different position (population 385) -- Rush slowly (population 749) -- "Be ambitious and bold" (population 742) -- Escape (population 673) -- The likes of us (population 824) -- Strange objects (population 632) -- Human soil (population 680) -- "A strange place to be in" (population 1,144) -- Kindred dust (population 1,123) -- Civic duty (population 857) -- Good breeze (population 810) -- A terrible mistake (population 791) -- All a man holds dear (population 510) -- Olivia (population 459) -- Attack (population 349) -- Like a pebble thrown (population 312) -- Makia (population 290) -- When you start to make a fist (population 243) -- Stand up straight (population 174) -- Orientation (population 146) -- Softer notes (population 116) -- A long road (population 74) -- Stay (population 28).
Subject: Leprosy Investigation Station (Molokai, Hawaii) History
Leprosy Patients Crimes against Case studies
Involuntary treatment United States Case studies
Leprosy Hawaii Molokai History 19th century
Leprosy Hawaii Molokai History 20th century
Quarantine Psychological aspects
Leper Colonies history
Leprosy history
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Lépreux Crimes contre Études de cas
Traitement non volontaire (Thérapeutique) États-Unis Études de cas
Lèpre Hawaii Molokai Histoire 19e siècle
Lèpre Hawaii Molokai Histoire 20e siècle
Quarantaine Aspect psychologique
Médecine Histoire 19e siècle
Médecine Histoire 20e siècle
Involuntary treatment
Hawaii Molokai
United States
Leprosy History
Genre: Light reading.
Case studies.

Currently available copies

  • 24 / 26 copies available at PINES (Show)
  • 2 / 2 copies available at Northwest Georgia Regional Library (Show)
  • 2 / 2 copies available at Dalton-Whitfield Library


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