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Dorothea Dix


Civil War nurses are the focus of “Mercy Street,” the PBS Civil War miniseries.  Dorothea Dix, the Superintendent of the Female Nurses of the Army, played by Cherry Jones, appears in the first episode.  Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix tells the dramatic story of Dix’s forty-year crusade for the humane treatment of people with mental illness and of her years of service as the head of Civil War nurses.  Driven by compassion and “duty” Dix was a indomitable woman who “did not choose to turn back.”

Chronology, Places to Visit, Further Reading, 1848 Annual Report, photographs

A must-purchase”  – School Library Journal  More information: http://pennycolman.com/breaking-the-chains-the-crusade-of-dorothea-lynde-dix/

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