By Meg Muckenhoupt
Through exposing the sickening stipulations individuals with psychological affliction persisted in jails, almshouses, and basement cells, Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) single-handedly remodeled the U.S. procedure of psychological well-being care within the nineteenth century. Dix traveled from nation to nation, describing the hideous pain those that have been either bad and mentally unwell continued by the hands in their captors. Her tireless learn and private lobbying of legislators resulted in building of asylums for the mentally unwell in kingdom after state.
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He continued in a less complimentary vein, 38 A T E AC H E R A N D A N AU T H O R I should fear that even in her most active benevolence there had been a want of the self forgetfulness which is the healthiest condition of the mind. I do not mean this in a selfish sense, far from it—but that her plans & hopes for others were too much regarded as proceeding from herself—& never sufficiently separated from the thought of her own individuality. ” Dix was weary of being sick. She was still resisting her grandmother’s orders to return home, though.
She wrote to friends in Boston about their dancing but never about the forced labor that dominated the slaves’ lives. Dix told Torrey that the “managers, overseer, and too often the owners, are very corrupt,” yet she believed that laws and the self-interest of the owners would keep the slaves from being abused. When discussing the efforts of Moravian missionaries to set up schools for slaves, Dix argued that it was a waste of time, because the slaves could not think for themselves. She declared that the slaves were “not free agents,” and went on to say, “I would by no means teach them the distinctions of right and wrong.
Dix’s school was never advertised or named. Her pupils were from well-to-do families, generally referrals from friends, parishioners from Channing’s church, or former students from the Monitorial School. These parents were not buying first-rate intellectual educations for their children; they were entrusting their daughters to the moral and spiritual care of Miss Dix. Each day, she held morning and evening religious services, and she taught a religion class as well. Boarding students went through a Saturday evening “private interview,” a sort of confession, and went to Sunday services at the Federal Street Church.