The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai (Paperback)

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In this account of the men, women and children who were exiled to the colony of Molokai, Tayman, through the perspectives of its inhabitants, chronicles the history of the leper settlement as well as the disease’s impact on the Hawaiian Islands. These narratives reveal the failures and biases of a system that banished them, and the heartbreak of families torn apart. It is also a story of courage and the determination to survive against the odds.

— From Caitlin


In the bestselling tradition of In the Heart of the Sea, The Colony, "an impressively researched" (Rocky Mountain News) account of the history of America's only leper colony located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is "an utterly engrossing look at a heartbreaking chapter" (Booklist) in American history and a moving tale of the extraordinary people who endured it.

Beginning in 1866 and continuing for over a century, more than eight thousand people suspected of having leprosy were forcibly exiled to the Hawaiian island of Molokai -- the longest and deadliest instance of medical segregation in American history. Torn from their homes and families, these men, women, and children were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and many who did were not contagious, yet all were ensnared in a shared nightmare.

Here, for the first time, John Tayman reveals the complete history of the Molokai settlement and its unforgettable inhabitants. It's an epic of ruthless manhunts, thrilling escapes, bizarre medical experiments, and tragic, irreversible error. Carefully researched and masterfully told, The Colony is a searing tale of individual bravery and extraordinary survival, and stands as a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the human spirit.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743233019
ISBN-10: 0743233018
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: January 9th, 2007
Pages: 421
Language: English