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The woman they could not silence [preloaded audiobook] : one woman, her incredible fight for freedom, and the men who tried to make her disappear  Cover Image Preloaded Audio Preloaded Audio

The woman they could not silence [preloaded audiobook] : one woman, her incredible fight for freedom, and the men who tried to make her disappear / Kate Moore.

Moore, Kate (Writer and editor), (author,, narrator.). Blackstone Publishing. (Added Author). Playaway Digital Audio. (Added Author). Findaway World, LLC. (Added Author).


"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. Her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened--by Elizabeth's intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. So Theophilus makes a plan to put his wife 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."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9798200748341 :
  • Physical Description: 1 audio media player (14 hr., 30 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2021]

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General Note:
Title from container.
Previously released by Blackstone Publishing, ?2021.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by the author.
Subject: 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.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Westchester Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Eastchester Public Library PLAYAWAY B PACKARD (Text) 31008152425845 Playaway Available -
John C. Hart Memorial Library PLAY B PACKARD (Text) 31030154974471 Playaway Available -

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