July 23, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Dorothea Dix

Dorothea L. Dix (1802-1887) was an actively engaged citizen who tirelessly advocated for help for the less fortunate, particularly the mentally ill. Use the resources below to learn more. Dorothea Lynde Dix portrait Dorothea Lynde Dix to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, June 17, 1861 (transcription) To the Legislature of Massachusetts [protesting against the confinement of insane persons and idiots in almshouses and prisons] Dorothea Dix 1843 Memorial soliciting a state hospital for the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Reformer Grace Abbott & Child Labor

Today in History–November 17–the Library of Congress features reformer Grace Abbott, born on this day in 1878. Abbott gained recognition as an advocate for immigrants while working at the Hull House in Chicago and later fought to restrict child labor as the head of the U.S. Department of Labor Children's Bureau. Learn more about this tireless activist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and resources related to Abbott and child … [Read more...]