If only they had known about neurodiversity then. Rosemary Kennedy was born to an incredibly competitive and religious family. Twenty years after the barbaric procedure that derailed Rosemary's life, the Kennedys began to fight for her too. Her personality and character almost completely erased. Hitler though gives the peo I can't finish this book.
Heartbreaking, disturbing but essential reading. It seemed to me, as a child and an adult, that everyone knows about the Kennedys, and their big, boisterous Catholic family that would leave such an impact on Massachusetts and the world. The doctor was late in coming to the home birth, and a nurse instructed Rose to hold her legs together and not push, to delay the baby's arrival til the doctor could get there. The hope was that the procedure would subdue Rosemary and end her rebellious jaunts about town. Her brother, Joe Jnr goes to Europe where Hitler had come to power and persecution of Jews is on the rise. Rosemary was the inspiration for the active role the Kennedy family still takes in advocating for the mentally ill and the mentally challenged. It was so interesting, I didn't want to quit listening.
I felt like her father was such a coward. Wanting to avoid scandal and looking to find a cure for his daughter's erratic behavior, he began speaking to Dr. So much greatness and so much sadness. I had a hard time with the hypothesis that the Kennedys are who they are because of her. Wow, what a pair Joe and Rose Kennedy were! Some would require help feeding, cleaning, and dressing themselves, as Rosemary would. Not only does it tell Rosemary's story, but has so much information about the early 1900's that I found absolutely fascinating; special education of the time, women's role in society, politics, psychology of the time. I find that hard to believe.
Rosemary's mental challenges were kept a secret. That alone speaks to the perception that she is unacceptable as she is. Rosemary was the slowest to walk, talk, read and write. Here she is reading a Hollywood gossip magazine during happier times on the beach at Hyannis Port. No doubt there was oxygen deprivation. Coletta School for Exceptional Children, where she lived until her death. I've always been a bit fascinated by this family but this book didn't do much to make me care more for them.
It really makes you think about decisions, who in our lives we let influence our decisions, and how those decisions affect our children and our children's children. I was given an advance reader's copy of this book for review. Kathleen spoke with a reporter, John White, investigating mental illness and treatments. At the end of the 1940s, Joe Sr. The audiobook is narrated by Bernadette Dunne.
I don't think Rose or Joe Kennedy came off looking to good after reading this, although I believe they loved their daughter, she was not their prime consideration. Freeman and a handful of colleagues around the world were convinced that lobotomies were the much-longed-for cure for deep depression, mental illness, and violent, erratic, and hyperactive behavior. The horror started with Rosemary's birth, where Rosemary was forced back into the birth canal for the 2 hours it took for the Doctor to get there. Some of the children were very good with Rosemary, especially Eunice. I listened to the audio version. This book caused me some anger, and much sadness.
Her plight inspired them to enact legislation and direct government resources to the developmentally and mentally disabled, even resulting in the creation of the Special Olympics. She traveled all over the world while her father was a diplomat in England, and later on found real joy and purpose at a Montessori school there. On Kennedy after the operation She was extremely disabled. Her letters home show a young girl struggling to get it right. Over a decade after her death, examining Rosemary's legacy is more necessary than ever.
Who just goes with that? It details what the family did to educate and try to accommodate Rosemary's limitations and mood swings. Angry, wounded, and abandoned, Rosemary was fighting for herself. Brain damage and Rosemary's inability to keep up with her siblings is heartbreaking. I was only a little familiar with Rosemary Kennedy. At this point Rosemary is 16 in yet another expensive school where she is supposedly doing ok.
I did however find all the information about Rosemary's parents distracting and sometimes disheartening. And so many if only's, if only they hadn't waited on the doctor when Rosemary was being delivered. Montessori advocated teaching practical skills, like cooking, carpentry, and domestic arts, as an integrated part of a classical education in literature, science, and math. I do think because of the time period, and the lack of research and education about mental deficiencies contributed to Rosemary's condition. I remembered hearing that Rosemary had some disabilities, and that her father had her undergo a lobotomy, but I didn't know much more than that. I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book because for the most part it did a good job separating fact from rumors and misconception. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.