1) Freeberg, The Education of Laura Bridgman, ch. 10-11 and “Legacy”
2) James E. Moran, “Asylum in the Community: Managing the Insane in Antebellum America,” History of Psychiatry (1998): 217-240 (Blackboard)
3) Elizabeth Packard documents (Blackboard) [I couldn't get access the document I wanted, but hope to bring it to class on Tuesday. Sorry!]
Please answer one of the following questions:
1) Overall, were nineteenth-century asylums benevolent? Why or why not? Support your answer with evidence from Freeberg and Moran.
2) What is the legacy (or legacies) of nineteenth-century asylums for ideas about disability and/or people with disabilities? How important were asylums, and in what ways? Support your answer with evidence from Freeberg and Moran.
2) Alternatively, you can summarize in several sentences (or possibly a short paragraph each) your “muddiest point(s)” in Freeberg and Moran.