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Dorothea L. Dix, ca. 1870

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Dorothea L. Dix, ca. 1870 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 6, page 169.

Dorothea Dix was a native of Hampden. She was a tireless advocate for the mentally ill, and focused particularly on prison and hospital reform. In 1861 Dix was appointed Superintendent of Nurses for the Union Army.

Dix illustrates that there were other reform issues besides slavery and temperance in play in the mid-1800's.