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Stranger and Traveler: The Story of Dorothea Dix
Stranger and Traveler The Story of Dorothea Dix
Author: Dorothy Clarke Wilson
...Dorothea Dix, one of America's first and foremost women achievers. In an era when "ladies" did not mix in politics she single-handedly paved the way for far-reaching reform in the treatment of the insane and the retarded. (From inside flap of book.)
ISBN: 205444
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 360
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Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
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In an era when "ladies" did not mix in politics, she single-handedly paved the way for far-reaching reform in the treatment of the insane and the retarded. As a young woman Dorothea taught, first giving lessons to the children of relatives but soon instructing the children of the poor and running her own private school. In 1841, after visiting the East Cambridge jailhouse, she found her true calling and life's work. After a thorough survey of the state, she reported to the Massachusetts legislature "the present state of insane persons confined within this commonwealth in cages, cellars, stalls, pens, chained, naked, beaten with rods and lashed into obedience."
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