Woman of Mercy, Story of Dorothea Dix, Compassionate Reformer

Woman of Mercy, Story of Dorothea Dix, Compassionate Reformer

by Dorothy Clarke Wilson

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Overview

Woman of Mercy, Story of Dorothy Dix, Compassionate Reformer (previously titled Stranger and Traveler) is the well-researched story of an incredible 19th century woman. Traveling thousands of miles throughout the United States and eventually in Europe, Dorothea Dix documented the often unspeakable treatment of prisoners and those deemed insane. Dix initiated laws and policies for the improvement in treatment of the incarcerated.

By the time of her death, the number of mental institutions in the U.S. had grown nearly tenfold (often designed to her specifications) and sweeping legislation for more humanitarian treatment had been implemented in most states — proof that one individual can effect sweeping change.

Never desiring any personal recognition, she went about her work methodically and with the determination of a true zealot. Interestingly, a U.S. Navy ship, a postage stamp and hospital have been named in her honor.

Dix’s interests were far-reaching. An avid collector of flora, she wrote a definitive book on the subject. She authored several children's books and was instrumental in foiling a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Serving as the Superintendent of Nurses during the Civil War, she sought to ease the suffering of injured soldiers. Woman of Mercy documents her accomplishments.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016623542
Publisher: Storyworkz
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 941,174
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

Dorothy Clarke Wilson (1904-2003) was a prolific and popular author of numerous literary works, including books, plays and essays and she was also a well-known lecturer. Ms. Wilson primarily focused on biographical, religious and historical fiction topics. Her body of work, as relevant today as ever, has appealed to generations of American readers and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Collectively, her writings have spawned hundreds of publications resulting in thousands of library holdings.

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