Monthly archive for ‘ September, 2013 ’

Elizabeth Packard, Proposal and Annotated Bibliography

26th September 2013 | 0 Comments

Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard was an average woman in nineteenth century America. She married Theophilus Packard in 1839, and together they had begun raising their children in Illinois. However, due to their conflicted religious beliefs, Elizabeth and her husband began to have tensions. Theophilus Packard had his wife taken away to the Illinois State Hospital […]


Courtney’s Resource: Week Five

24th September 2013 | 0 Comments

Since we have been reading and talking about Bly this week I thought this article would be helpful. It also discusses the fame Nellie Bly received by doing this “stunt” as the author states. Even though we see her assignment as crazy she was given a very important opportunity and as a woman during that time […]


Courtney’s Resource Blog Three

18th September 2013 | 0 Comments

I found this article that will be included in my research project. I was very intrigued with Elizabeth Packard and her work to improve the conditions of mental institutions. This article will allow me to explore the impact that Packard made on society from her horrible experience within the asylum.  The bibliography gave me many other resources […]


Courtney’s Topic: Women’s Hysteria in the Nineteenth Century

10th September 2013 | 0 Comments

In this paper/project I would like to propose the effects that hysteria had on women and their reputation in the nineteenth century or if they were more prone to hysterical behavior due to the lack of power they had in American society. I also would like to study if hysteria had an effect on the […]


Courtney’s Resource Post Two

10th September 2013 | 0 Comments

By reading Nancy Tomes this week I was very impressed with the work of Thomas Story Kirkbride. Whether people feel his intentions lacked true passion, I felt that no matter what his true intentions were he obviously made the mental institution better with his idea of “moral treatment”. In the following link, http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.umw.edu/stable/pdfplus/20091563.pdf, the article […]


Courtney’s Resource Blog One

4th September 2013 | 0 Comments

In all of the sources we read thus far there has been much mention of Dr. Benjamin Rush. He is considered the father of American psychiatry. The article section I have chosen, Roots of Madness, tells a great deal of the beginning career of Benjamin Rush and how he helped shape therapeutic treatment of the mentally ill […]


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3rd September 2013 | 0 Comments