Dorothea Lynde Dix – New England Reformer

Tag: histmental 2021 – Week 5

This week Parker and I are focusing on 19th Century Female Reformers and accounts of women in asylums. Dix was an interesting person and her involvement in social reform is often underrated. Her early life was filled with disappointments that she was able to overcome and in his 1998 biography, Thomas Brown explains how she often experienced “crushing frustration” (ix) in her 50 year quest to provide asylum patients with moral treatment.

Brown, Thomas J. Dorothea Dix : New England Reformer Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1998.

A Quick Overview

Below is a link to the History Channel page about Ms. Dix’s life and work.