Book Review – Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson by Susan Burch & Hannah Joyner

Law & History Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, p. 470, Summer 2009

7 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2010

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Michael Ashley Stein

William & Mary Law School

Aviam Soifer

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

Although neither a criminal nor mentally ill, Junius Wilson spent seventy-six years of his life in a North Carolina state institution for the criminally insane. He was castrated and forced to do manual labor on behalf of the public institution. From the 1920s to the early 21st century, Wilson endured countless hardships, overt and subtle, in cultural isolation as an African-American who happened also to be deaf.

Suggested Citation

Stein, Michael Ashley and Soifer, Aviam, Book Review – Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson by Susan Burch & Hannah Joyner (May 1, 2009). Law & History Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, p. 470, Summer 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1589777

Michael Ashley Stein

William & Mary Law School

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P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

Aviam Soifer (Contact Author)

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States

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