Memorial. To the Legislature of Massachusetts

Memorial. To the Legislature of Massachusetts

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Memorial. To the Legislature of Massachusetts [protesting against the confinement of insane persons and idiots in almshouses and prisons], by Dorothea Dix, 1843

 

Dix began to investigate the treatment of the mentally ill in Massachusetts, and in 1843 submitted her first “memorial” to the state legislature. These pamphlets were the only means by which a woman could participate in political life in America.