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The Rhode Island School for the Feeble-Minded

The Dr. Joseph H. Ladd School, formerly the Exeter School for the Feeble-Minded, was a custodial institution for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1908 and abandoned in 1994, its 86-year history remains one of the most notrious chapters in Rhode Island's past.

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Exeter Girls: Letters From a Feeble-Minded School (2014)

The life and trials of three women committed to the Exeter School for the Feeble-Minded during the Great Depression, as told through their personal letters. Amazon Barnes & Noble