Thursday, February 21st, 2019  |  9:44 AM

A Conservative Newspaper Promoting,
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Subscribe Now: Get your own copy of The US Journal

Dorothea Dix: A Voice for the Mad

Written By: Off The Grid News Service  |  Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

             Our society today is driven by a social-works mentality that ignores fiscal realities and seeks to shift our personal responsibility to care for the less fortunate to the government. But there was a time such was not the case. Too often Americans of another time who could not defend themselves were warehoused away out of sight and out of mind. For such a time as the mid-1800s, Dorothea Dix rose to bring a lifelong crusade to make the conditions of the mentally ill more humane. For that reasons she will always be remembered as "a voice for the mad."

            Dorothea Lynde Dix was born to a circuit-riding Methodist preacher but was raised by her grandmother from the age of twelve. Apparently, a love for others was rooted deep within her because, at the mere age of fourteen, she founded a school for young children and continued to educate mostly poor children for the next twenty years. After bouts with ill health, Dorothea traveled to England in hopes of regaining her strength. While there she was introduced to the lunacy reform movement and gained a heart for the plight of the insane.

Sign into your account to read the rest of this article. »

Share this on Twitter  |  Share this on Facebook  |  Email to a friend.  |  Contact the editor.

What are your thoughts?

Want to read more of this article?

You must be a subscriber to read entire articles.

Gain 24/7 access to all the content on this website by becoming a subscriber.
Choose your subscription plan and get full access in minutes. Subscribe now. »

If you are already a subscriber, sign in now to read more full articles.

More History News

Nine Dubious Victorian Cures

10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About American History

Alfred the Great Saved England

Survival Food the Mountain Men Ate

The Real Fruit of Democratic Policies and Our Native Americans

15 Free-But-Forgotten Ways Our Ancestors Stayed Warm During Winter

A Return to a Modest, Moral, Mannerly America!

Lincoln, the Movie: A Review

Stuyvesant and Van der Doncke

The Sad History of U.S. Peace Negotiations