When Will We Ever Learn?

The book I’m writing right now about how we treated the poor, the criminal, and the insane in the 19th century is a horror story.

I know I keep repeating this, but of course I could write about how we treat the poor, the criminal, and the mentally ill in this country now, and it would still be a horror story.

I’ve moved on to the penal sections of the book and it’s making me even angrier and more upset. The system is such that certain crimes and groups of people are focused on and they go to jail while other criminals and groups are left entirely alone. That is also the same now, thank you Matt Taibbi and your book, The Divide.

Finney, relaxing in the sunlight until …

Finney in the Sunlight

He comes along.

Bleecker Stalking Finney

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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