The Boys in the Bunkhouse

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With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.

In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities.

A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.


  • 001 The Boys in The Bunkhouse

    Duração: 40s
  • 002 Preface

    Duração: 12min
  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duração: 17min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duração: 22min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duração: 16min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duração: 25min
  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duração: 24min
  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duração: 15min
  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duração: 20min
  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duração: 22min
  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duração: 42min
  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duração: 25min
  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duração: 24min
  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duração: 35min
  • 015 Chapter 13

    Duração: 17min
  • 016 Chapter 14

    Duração: 31min
  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duração: 29min
  • 018 Chapter 16

    Duração: 35min
  • 019 Chapter 17

    Duração: 29min
  • 020 Chapter 18

    Duração: 26min
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