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The woman they could not silence : one woman, her incredible fight for freedom, and the men who tried to make her disappear  Cover Image Book Book

The woman they could not silence : one woman, her incredible fight for freedom, and the men who tried to make her disappear

Summary: "1860: As the clash between the states rolls slowly to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Threatened by Elizabeth's intellect, independence, and outspokenness, her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her and makes a plan to put her back in her place. One summer morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum. The horrific conditions inside the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, are overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland, a man who will prove to be even more dangerous to Elizabeth than her traitorous husband. But most disturbing is that Elizabeth is not the only sane woman confined to the institution. There are many rational women on her ward who tell the same story: they've been committed not because they need medical treatment, but to keep them in line--conveniently labeled "crazy" so their voices are ignored. No one is willing to fight for their freedom, and disenfranchised both by gender and the stigma of their supposed madness, they cannot possibly fight for themselves. But Elizabeth is about to discover that the merit of losing everything is that you then have nothing to lose..." --

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781492696728
  • ISBN: 1492696722
  • Physical Description: print
    xvi, 540 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Illustrations on end caps.
Includes reading group guide and a conversation with the author (pages 456-464).
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-473) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue -- Brave new world -- Dark before the dawn -- My pen shall rage -- Deal with the devil? -- Turning points -- She will rise -- Epilogue -- Postscript.
Subject: Packard, E. P. W. (Elizabeth Parsons Ware) -- 1816-1897
Packard, E. P. W. (Elizabeth Parsons Ware) -- 1816-1897
Social reformers -- Illinois -- Biography
Married women -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century
Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century
Insanity (Law) -- United States
Women -- Legal status, laws, etc -- United States
Sex discrimination against women -- United States
Domestic relations -- United States -- History
Sex discrimination against women
Domestic relations
Insanity (Law)
Married women -- Legal status, laws, etc
Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention
Social reformers
Women -- Legal status, laws, etc
Illinois
United States
Genre: Biography.
Biographies.
History.
Biographies.

Available copies

  • 27 of 28 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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  • 0 current holds with 28 total copies.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Larchmont Public Library B PACKARD (Text) 31014152970905 Biography Available -
Lewisboro Library BIOGRAPHY PACKARD (Text) 31032151415235 Biography Available -
Lewisboro Library BIOGRAPHY PACKARD (Text) 31032151453723 New Biography Available -
Mamaroneck Public Library District B PACKARD (Text) 31015152626124 Biography Available -
Mount Kisco Public Library 303.484 MOORE (Text) 31017151952261 Nonfiction Available -
Mount Pleasant Public Library B PACKARD, ELIZABETH (Text) 31024153249381 Biography Available -
New Rochelle Public Library B PACKARD (Text) 31019156731716 Biography Available -
North Castle Public Library B PACKARD (Text) 31001151994895 Biography Available -
Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library B PACKARD (Text) 31025152599254 Biography Available -
Pound Ridge Library District BIO PACKARD (Text) 31026151030077 Biography Available -

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