Beyond Silence: Excavating the History of Minnesota’s Incarcerated Girls

This program was recorded November 19, 2020.

When author Sheila O’Connor set out to uncover buried family secrets, she discovered instead the little-known history of incarcerating adolescent girls for disturbingly long sentences for “immorality” and “incorrigibility” in the early part of the twentieth century at the Minnesota Home School for Girls in Sauk Centre Minnesota, and across the United States. 

Sheila O’Connor is the author of Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions, based on her research.  

This program is made possible with the financial support of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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