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THE CRUSADE FOR FORGOTTEN SOULS launch event with Susan Bartlett Foote

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Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Please join us for a special event to celebrate the publication of The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954 by Susan Bartlett Foote. The event will be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Books will be available for purchase at the event from the University of Minnesota Bookstores.


6:00 PM-7:00 PM — Program in Cowles Auditorium

7:00 PM-8:00 PM — Dessert reception & book signing in atrium


The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system. Susan Bartlett Foote tells the story of the early advocates for compassionate care of the mentally ill who made the crusade a success.

"In a wondrous feat of research and storytelling, Susan Bartlett Foote has distilled personal accounts, public and institutional records, and newspaper coverage to dramatically detail Minnesota’s mental health reform of the last century. Her narrative is harrowing and inspiring—a tribute to the difficult work of countless people, many of them outraged ordinary folk, who challenged the horrors of a stubborn and intractable system." —Jack El-Hai, author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and The Lobotomist

"The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts the story of courageous Minnesotans who fought the first battle in the ongoing fight for the rights of the mentally ill. Others have taken up the cause, like my father, Paul Wellstone, who made mental health reform the centerpiece of his years in the United States Senate. Susan Bartlett Foote’s compelling story provides an inspiration to current reformers to continue the crusade for what my father called ‘a besieged minority.’" —Dave Wellstone


Read more about the book here.

This event is brought to you by the University of Minnesota Press, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the School of Public Health.

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