Koolau The Leper by Jack London is the story of the leader of a leper colony in Hawaii that is refusing to have his people be moved to what they believe is a prison on Molokai. It is a powerful story of courage in the face of death, and takes the time to show the horrors of leprosy, which existed in Hawaii at that time, and the social injustices that were being committed upon the Hawaiian people by the haolies (whites) who came to the islands and assumed ownership through the dispensation of religion and rum. The Leper Wars in Hawaii inspired the story.
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