Today’s Birthday: DOROTHEA DIX (1802) pioneer in the movement for humane treatment of the insane

Dorothea Dix (1802)

Dix left an unhappy home at age 10 to live with her grandmother in Boston. By age 14, the resourceful Dix was on her own and working as a schoolteacher. In 1841, while teaching in a Massachusetts prison, Dix saw firsthand the inhumane way that mentally ill prisoners were treated. Appalled, she became a pioneer in the movement for humane treatment of the insane. Her efforts brought about widespread reforms in both the US and Canada. What position did Dix hold during the US Civil WarMore… Discuss

Published on Mar 11, 2012

“My documentary for National History Day 2012: Revolution, Reaction, Reform about Dorothea Lynde Dix, who paved the road to treating people with mental illness as human beings.” hannahachenB 

 

4 responses to “Today’s Birthday: DOROTHEA DIX (1802) pioneer in the movement for humane treatment of the insane

  1. Pingback: Dorothea Dix 4.4.13 Thought of the Day | ritaLOVEStoWRITE

  2. MisBehaved Woman

    Reblogged this on A Solitary Torture.

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