FRECKLES and DIRT ROADS Surviving Orphanage Life

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In the midst of the great depression, three young boys are placed in a Midwestern orphanage after their mother's death. They are immediately thrust into a deeply-entrenched and well-organized culture of violence, intimidation, fear, and total domination by the older boys. Freckles and Dirt Roads is the story of Billy, the middle of these boys, of those who abused him physically and psychologically, and of others whose love and friendship helped him ultimately to assume a more normal place in society. This is a story of a boy's survival as he gradually emerges from a life of misery and despair to one offering hope and promise. This book records the memories of twelve years of this culture through Billy's eyes. It examines the impact of loss of family at an early age, violence and its perpetuation, the destruction of a system of near-slavery, and, through common suffering, the creation of a sense of family among the younger boys.
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  • By kcmjo
    Jan 31, 2009
    As a family member I would like to thank you for having the courage to finally publish this book. Not only did you give richard and susan an idea of where they came from,you have answered a lot of sensitive questions for all of now have the answers to the questions that I have always been hesitant to ask I thank you. this book is a true testament to the charachter of yourself,skeets,donnie,punk,phylis, bonnie and all the others who managed to grow into some of the most caring people I have known, and for those who have not managed to over come their experience at the orphanage, I can now see why.
  • By Leon Robertson
    Nov 6, 2008
    "Freckles and Dirt Roads" This book should be read by anyone interested in the welfare of children. Those who manage facilities housing children in groups should be particularly interested in how some children threaten and manipulate others to their detriment. Although the author of this book eventually triumphed over the appalling conditions he endured (violence, intimidation, rape, theft), many other do not have the intellect, friends or other resources to do so. Leon S. Robertson, Ph.D. Yale University (retired)
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Billy Gunter
September 30, 2011
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