Yesterday at Kalaupapa

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Yesterday at Kalaupapa


by Emmett Cahill

paperback, 8.5" x 11"

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In the 125 year history of the Molokai Leprosy Settlement, more than 7,000 of the afflicted, young and old, were involuntarily confined for life to the cliff-backed tongue of land that is Kalaupapa. This restrictive measure was taken by the government to "protect the sensibilities and the health of the unafflicated"; from the dreaded disease that swept the island chain. This banishment and isolation continued until 1969.

Kalaupapa is also forever entwined with the lives of Father Damien De Veuster and Mother Marianne Cope. Cahill covers their role in the Kalaupapa community as well as the relatively unknown Civil War veteran Brother Joseph Dutton.

Yesterday at Kalaupapa is about this horrific terminus and the sanctuary it has become. Emmet Cahill has drawn on many sources to produce the only pictorial history of Kalaupapa. It is generously illustrated with maps, manuscripts, and an extensive record of photos, many previously unpublished.

It is with the deepest appreciation to those thousands, living and dead, who were banished for the welfare of others that this book is dedicated.