Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

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Anchor Books, 1995 - Social Science - 349 pages
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The 26 women who tell their stories here were incarcerated against their will, often by male family members, for holding views or behaving in ways that deviated from the norms of their day. The authors' accompanying history of both societal and psychiatric standards for women reveals the degree to which the prevailing societal conventions could reinforce the perception that these women were "mad."

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

I feel good reading this for an interesting reason - these women often seem to have little hope in anything other than that someone, someday, would read their words and know what they endured. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leser - LibraryThing

There is nothing like first hand accounts to bring the deplorable condition of the Insane Asylum in the mid 19th to early 20th centuries. How easy it was for a husband to get rid of an unwanted wife ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

MAXINE HARRIS is codirector of Community Connections in Washington, D.C., and executive director of its National Capital Center for Trauma Recovery and Empowerment. ROGER D. FALLOT is codirector of Community Connections.

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