Who was Dorothea Dix?

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Dorothea Dix helps people with disablilities....


Dorothea Dix was also a person with a disability. Not anymore because unfortunately she'd dead. Here is some information on her:




Late Life: Dorothea developed tuberculosis and left for Liverpool, England to recover. She stayed there for 18 months until well enough to travel home in 1838 to Boston. Dorothea volunteered to teach a Sunday school class for women at East Cambridge Jail in 1841. Many incarcerated women were insane, and Dorothea found them living in filthy, unheated cells. She appealed to the local court to install stoves in the women's cells and with the help of philanthropist Samuel Howe improved the women's conditions. She discovered from a few model institutions like the privately run McLean Hospital in Boston most housed the insane under sordid conditions. Many were chained, beaten, neglected, and abused. Dorothea wrote a testimony in 1843 including all her notes about the violent institutions. She read it to the state legislature which after weeks of heated debate finally approved funds for the expansion of the Worcester State Lunatic Hospital. She used the same procedure of observing institutions and writing testimonies in Rhode Island and New York and was successful. Later in life, Dorothea proposed a plan to the War Department to establish a volunteer corps of women nurses. She was commissioned as Superintendent of Women Nurses for the Union Army in June, 1861. By now Dix was fifty-nine years old and in poor health. Still, she began the hard task of finding nurses and procuring medication supplies. After the Civil War, Dix continued work for the mentally ill raising money for more than the fifty hospitals that had been established because of her efforts. In 1881 she retired to the Trenton State Hospital, which had been built because of her efforts, where she died in 1887. For more information go to http://www.webster.edu/~woolflm/dorotheadix.html or http://www.americanhistory.abc-clio.com
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Who is Dorothea Dix?

Late Life: Dorothea developed tuberculosis andleft for Liverpool, England to recover. She stayed there for 18months until well enough to travel home in 1838 to Boston. Doroth

What did Dorothea Dix do?

Dorothea Dix was born on April 4, 1802. She helped the mentally illin the 1800s, and traveled across the US on behalf of the mentallyill. She died on July 6, 1887 at the age 8

What did Dorothea Dix believe in?

Head of the Union Army Nurse Corps during the Civil War, she was an activist for indigent (poor) people that were mentally ill, and helped create the first of the mental asylu

How did Dorothea Dix die?

Her exact cause of death is not really recorded but since she was85 when she died we can assume it was essentially "old age" or "agerelated".

What is Dorothea Dix?

Dorothea Dix is a mental hospital named in honor of the woman with the same name. She lived in the 19th Century and worked to improve conditions for the mentally handicapped.

How did Dorothea Dix feel?

Dorothea Dix sympathized with mentally insane and worked to improve the conditions of the mentally insane.