May 27, 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...]

Featured Source: Phrenological Delineation of His Character

Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find out who was assassinated, or killed, by Charles Guiteau. Use a dictionary to discover what phrenology is. What three groups of people does Professor Otto say phrenology can surely help? Do you agree with the professor? Why or why not? Divide the characteristics listed in this source into positive and negative traits; use a dictionary to help you. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]