Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

They ha the most influentia American family of the eighteenth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference.

Joe and Rose Kennedy ’ s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And never, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.
Major new sources — Rose Kennedy ’ s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors' letters, and exclusive family interviews — bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then — as he family ’ s standing reached an apex — the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her arly fortie. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe ’ s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and family 's complicity in keeping the secret.
Rosemary delivers a profoundly moving coda: JFK visited Rosemary for the irst time while campaigning in the Midwest; she had been living isolated in a Wisconsin institution for nearly twenty years. Only onc did the siblings understand what had happened to Rosemary and bring her home for loving family visits. It ha a reckoning that inspired them to direct attention to the plight of the disabled, transforming the lives of millions.
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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
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Published October 6th 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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In hat day and age, having a retarded or mentally ill family member was a stigma, an embarrassment that the Kennedy family did not ant.

I am definitel lad that I did n't grow up in an age where families hid children who ere n't perfect and where there were no services or assistance to help them grow into functioning adults.

And I was stunned that Joe Kennedy would choose to have his daughter lobotomized to keep her from embarrassing the family.

When he died, Rose and the family visited Rosemary and even brought her home for visits.

In later years, the Kennedy siblings did admit that they ad a retarded sister and that the care and quality of life for those with mental challenges should be a priority.

Rose Marie " Rosemary " Kennedy died in the Wisconsin institution in 2005 at the age of 85.

The Kennedy Clan kept Rosemary a secret to prevent any damage to the family 's social standing.

But later efforts by the Kennedy family paved the way for education programs, social services and much better care for mentally and physically challenged children and dults.

Kate Clifford Larson presents a well-rounded history of Rosemary, and the Kennedy Family 's attempts to persuade her.

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Anothe wonderful well written and emotional read that will stay with me for a long time.I listened to his book on audible and the narrator was excellent but I did miss out on the photographs included in the hard copy.

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Her stepfather, Joe Jnr goes to Europe where Hitler had come to power and persecution of Jews is on the rise.

( hide spoiler) ] Joe went on to asser that the 'brutality' ( is that what he calls it) towards the Jews shoul have been ecessary to secure the whole-hearted support of the people- in every revolution you have to xpect some sor of bloodshed.

hen we have the bombshell. " Perhaps more shockingly, Joe also believed that Hitler 's sterilization programme was a great thing.

She realizes it is more shocking to approve of sterilization, because his sister is retarded and comes under that programme, than it is to not only approve of but applaud the persecution and murder of the Jews.

If she was n't felt the need to interpret Joe Jnr 's attitudes herself, I will have read anothe autobiograph, but it 's spoiled for me now.

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Her story in my opinion is the saddest among a family who has experienced their fair share of tragedy.Rosemary was the first child of Joe Kennedy Sr. and Rose Kennedy and the eldest daughter.

It is obviou that while some family members were researching lobotomies as a possible option and come to conclusion it was too risky, Joe Sr. in secrecy scheduled the operation, not even telling his wife.

In my opinion the behavioral problems that started to become an issue as Rosemary got older were what led to Joe 's decision to force the lobotomy.

Had there only been intellectual issues I do n't think he ould have pted to do the operation, I sa the official story would be she was " working " at a chool and therefore should not be in the limelight as the Kennedy family became more and more involved in politics.

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Rose ( Rosemary 's mother) wanted the perfect family and she was going to b it.

Rosemary was behind on everything.However, this was not current day with specialized therapy and treatments for the intellectually disabled.

Treatment for people with disabilities and mental illness in prewar America reveals a profoundly ignorant medical establishment and educational community.

Freeman and a plethor of colleagues around the world were convinced that lobotomies were the much-longed-for cure for deep depression, mental illness, and iolent, erratic, and hyperactive behavior.

Joe Kennedy- Rosemary 's father- took her to a man.

And he gave Rosemary 's brain four snips.

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