Imagine having an argument with your significant other, but instead of cooling off in another room, or agreeing to disagree, your husband forces you into an asylum! In the mid-nineteenth century this was a common occurrence--at least it was until Elizabeth Packard’s husband tried it with her. Instead of accepting it, Packard, who as a smart, independent-minded woman was feared for her thoughts and opinions, resisted, fighting for not just her own freedom but on behalf of other women in the same situation. Her battles both in and out of court changed not only her life but those of other American mental health patients.
The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore
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Published: Sourcebooks - February 22nd, 2022