Dorothea Dix

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Dorothea Dix

Dorthothea Lynde Dix was born on April 4th, 1802 in Worcester Massachusets. When she was twelve she went to live with her grand mother because of her alcoholic parents and abusive father. In 1821 she established her own school in boston for kids of wealthy familys and soon after she let neglected and poor kids attend. Eventually Dix started a state wide investigation on how the mentally ill were taken care of. She visited county jails, and almhouses in New Jersey. Shortly after she created the first generation of American mental asylums. She then went on to be apart pf the Cival War and served as Superintendent pf Army Nurses. After the war she continued on to make sure every prisoners, people with mental illnessess, and the elderly were being taken care of properly.


Born-April 4, 1802Died-July 17,1887Major Accomplishment-Ceated the first generation of American mental isylums.

-Created her own school in 1821 in boston. -Created the first generation of American mental isylums.-Served as Superintendent of Army Nurses.

Lasting Impact

Dorothea Dix's made a lasting impression on the world but her biggest impact was on the mentally ill. She helped them have proper care, and helped them live humanily here in America.


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