CPS Worker 000418 - Barton, Harold E.

CPS Worker 000418 - Barton, Harold E.

Birth year: 1916

Denomination: Baptist

Original occupation: Mining Engineer

Drafted from: Eugene , Oregon, United States

Entered CPS: 3 11, 1943

Left CPS: 5 27, 1946


Harold Barton was one of four CPS men who created the Mental Hygiene Program of CPS, largely responsible for exposing the abuses that occurred in many of the mental hospitals in which CPS workers were stationed.

Barton reflected on his experience at the Philadelphia State Hospital:

"We were presented with the latest insights into the nature, the care, the treatment of mental illness.  Our instruction was on a high and idealistic level.  The contrast between the ideal and the practical day-to-day ward situation was so striking as to be upsetting to say the least."

--Taken from Steven J. Taylor, Acts of Conscience: World War II, Mental Institutions, and Religious Objectors. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2009. p202.

Be sure to check out other reflections and stories from this CPS worker as listed under "Other Material."