MN Reads: “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls” by Susan Bartlett Foote

MN Reads: “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls” by Susan Bartlett Foote

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The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told – and told in a certain way.

So when Susan Bartlett Foote came across the diary of Engla Schey, with accounts and photographs of the conditions in mid-20th century Minnesota mental institutions, she knew these were forgotten – but vitally important – stories about forgotten people.

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954 is published by University of Minnesota Press.