Politics+Society

Books

The Boys in the Bunkhouse, by Dan Barry

This harrowing story chronicles the decades-long indentured servitude of a group of intellectually disabled men that persisted until 2013. Journalist Dan Barry explains how the residents of a small town in Iowa interacted with the men who lived in their old schoolhouse, offering a mix of paternalism and kindness while failing to see the conditions under which the men were being kept.

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Decent folks next door

Does democracy create good neighbors? Or is it the other way around?

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The homophile church

Protestants were deeply involved in the gay rights movement—even before the Stonewall Riots.