Hauger History Podcasts for Social Studies Students

33 Dorothea Lynde Dix Reformer for the Mentally Ill

February 1, 2017

The Hauger History podcast is proud to celebrate pioneers in their field. This 8th grade edition of the Hauger History Podcast honors the work and dedication of Dorothea Lynde Dix to helping mentally ill people in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. There were many reform movements happening in America between 1800-1850, and Dorothea Dix was among the first to turn to look towards the underprivileged, and the mentally ill. Most were being terribly mistreated at the time. Her tireless work, lobbying, research, records, and legislation began to see a change for the better over time, because of her dedication to helping others. From Massachusetts to North Carolina, she advanced the care of the mentally ill greatly during her lifetime and set an example of what it means to serve your country. 


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