I'm Dorothea Dix and I find the treatment of these insane prisoners inhumane. It must change!
Dix takes on North Carolina
North Carolina's almost equally divided between Whig's and democrats. This may be hard but I can do it.
Saving the day from the grave
I'll sleep when I'm dead, for now I must save the insane.
While in Boston, 1841, Dorothea was appalled by the treatment of insane, female prisoners. She advocated for reform and became an instrumental part of improving the care of mentally ill in state after state.
Passing the bill
We vote in favor of the bill!
At the time NC was almost exactly equally divided between Whig's and Democrats. Although NC did not like to spend money, Dix persisted on. Dix won the support of many important democrats. Sadly, the bill failed.
7 years later
Dorothea Dix hospital
Although Dix was on her deathbed she made her caretaker, Mrs. James Dobbins, promise to make her husband say yes to the bill. Mrs. Dobbins agreed and Dorothea Dix passed away.
This is the end. Thank you for reading.
Due to Mrs. Dobbins promise, the bill was passed. Hopefully Dorothea felt her impact wherever she is now.
Dorothea Dix hospital was completed, it is still in operation and Dorothea's impact is still being felt nationwide.