Incorrigible

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2006 M01 1 - 172 páginas
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On a May morning in 1939, eighteen-year-old Velma Demerson and her lover were having breakfast when two police officers arrived to take her away. Her crime was loving a Chinese man, a “crime” that was compounded by her pregnancy and subsequent mixed-race child. Sentenced to a home for wayward girls, Demerson was then transferred (along with forty-six other girls) to Torontos Mercer Reformatory for Females. The girls were locked in their cells for twelve hours a day and required to work in the on-site laundry and factory. They also endured suspect medical examinations. When Demerson was finally released after ten months’ incarceration weeks of solitary confinement, abusive medical treatments, and the state’s apprehension of her child, her marriage to her lover resulted in the loss of her citizenship status.

This is the story of how Demerson, and so many other girls, were treated as criminals or mentally defective individuals, even though their worst crime might have been only their choice of lover. Incorrigible is a survivor’s narrative. In a period that saw the rise of psychiatry, legislation against interracial marriage, and a populist movement that believed in eradicating disease and sin by improving the purity of Anglo-Saxon stock, Velma Demerson, like many young women, found herself confronted by powerful social forces. This is a history of some of those who fell through the cracks of the criminal code, told in a powerful first-person voice.

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CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
5
CHAPTER 3
19
CHAPTER 4
31
CHAPTER 5
43
CHAPTER 6
51
CHAPTER 7
63
CHAPTER 8
75
CHAPTER 12
111
CHAPTER 13
121
CHAPTER 14
127
CHAPTER 15
135
CHAPTER 16
141
CHAPTER 17
149
CHAPTER 18
159
AFTERWORD
165

CHAPTER 9
81
CHAPTER 10
91
CHAPTER 11
97
NOTES
167
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
171
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Página 77 - ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; •£*- We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done ; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done ; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore "thou them that...
Página 67 - Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women. And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God. Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Página 77 - And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
Página 168 - The wife of a British subject shall be deemed to be a British subject, and the wife of an alien shall be deemed to be an alien...
Página 167 - Every one who attempts to have unlawful carnal knowledge of any girl under the age of fourteen years is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to two years' imprisonment, and to be whipped.
Página 167 - ... being a common prostitute or night walker, wanders in the fields, public streets or highways, lanes or places of public meeting or gathering of people, and does not give a satisfactory account of herself...
Página 162 - She felt in a place out of her control and for the first time in her life, she didn't know what to do. 50 The Storms of Eternity "Oh Mike, what have we gotten ourselves into?
Página 51 - incorrigible' and I sentence you to one year in the Belmont Home.
Página 44 - I'm pregnant, would refuse to allow me to marry the father of my child? /vow I'm taken down the same concrete steps and put through the back door of a large van I hear them call the "Black Maria.

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Velma Demerson is a widow, and mother of three children—the first child, the son of her interracial marriage, died at age twenty-six. She has worked throughout her life in a variety of positions, mostly as a secretary for governments (provincial and federal) and lawyers. She is self-educated. This is her first book.

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