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The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880

Wendy Gonaver

Abstract

Though the origins of asylums can be traced to Europe, the systematic segregation of the mentally ill into specialized institutions occurred in the United States only after 1800, just as the struggle to end slavery took hold. This book examines the relationship between these two historical developments, showing how slavery and ideas about race shaped early mental health treatment in the United States, especially in the South. These connections are illuminated through the histories of two asylums in Virginia: the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Williamsburg, the first in the nation; and the Central L ... More

Keywords: Eastern Lunatic Asylum, slavery, psychiatry, asylums, race, mental health, Central Lunatic Asylum, patients’ rights, African Americans, United States South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648446
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648446.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Gonaver, author
Chapman University