Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix

Voice for the Mad The Life of Dorothea Dix Dorothea Dix was a woman of striking paradoxes A lady of dignity and refinement she spent her days investigating the squalid world of madness probing the nation s worst hellholes Professing conserva

  • Title: Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix
  • Author: David L. Gollaher
  • ISBN: 9780029123997
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dorothea Dix was a woman of striking paradoxes A lady of dignity and refinement, she spent her days investigating the squalid world of madness, probing the nation s worst hellholes Professing conservative feminine values, with furious energy and keen political insight, she invaded the masculine realm of government to press her agenda Indeed, the secret of her success waDorothea Dix was a woman of striking paradoxes A lady of dignity and refinement, she spent her days investigating the squalid world of madness, probing the nation s worst hellholes Professing conservative feminine values, with furious energy and keen political insight, she invaded the masculine realm of government to press her agenda Indeed, the secret of her success was to use conventional rhetoric of female subordination and self denial to camouflage her radical course of political action A woman of profound religious conviction, Dix believed that God had called her to a divine mission to become the voice of the mad, speaking for those unable to speak for themselves Accordingly, she threw herself into her vocation with an all consuming intensity Obsessed with the insane, she all but ignored the most celebrated reform movements of her day, women s rights and antislavery This has led most historians to underestimate her Yet no Victorian woman matched Dix s record of concrete achievement nor lived a intrepid life.

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    1. Dorothea Dix was the daughter of the black sheep son of a prominent New England family. After an unhappy childhood, Dorothea, yearning to be important, became one of the most well-known women of the 19th century. Single-minded in her pursuit of mental health reform, many of the publicly funded mental hospitals in America were founded as a result of her research, writing, and political maneuvering. She was both amazingly politically savvy, and amazingly politically naive. She could coax hundreds [...]

    2. While the subject and history was interesting the actual writing was awkward and the editing terrible. I almost stopped after the first few chapters because of grammatical errors, duplicate words or bad spelling (example: could does not have a "p" in it - copuld).But I am glad I made my way through the book since it gave me a view into the 1800s I had not had before.

    3. This book was FULL of details of her life. SO much so that It became very tedious. It could have been shorter and still as interesting!

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