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The Woman They Could Not Silence: The Shocking Story of a Woman Who Dared to Fight Back

The Woman They Could Not Silence: The Shocking Story of a Woman Who Dared to Fight Back (Hardback)

By Moore, Kate

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From the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Radium Girls comes another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women's rights and exposed injustices that ...still resonate today. 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... Bestselling author Kate Moore brings her sparkling narrative voice to The Woman They Could Not Silence, an unputdownable story of the forgotten woman who courageously fought for her own freedom--and in so doing freed millions more. Elizabeth's refusal to be silenced and her ceaseless quest for justice not only challenged the medical science of the day, and led to a giant leap forward in human rights, it also showcased the most salutary lesson: sometimes, the greatest heroes we have are those inside ourselves. The glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still. --NPR Books for The Radium Girls
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ISBN 9781492696728
Publisher Sourcebooks, Inc
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781492696728
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days
Publisher Sourcebooks, Inc
Imprint Sourcebooks, Inc
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Moore, Kate
Category Biography & Autobiography
History of Specific Subjects
Women's Studies
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 42mm
Dewey Code 303.48/4092
Weight 798g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Social reformers - Biography - Illinois, Married women - Legal status, laws, etc - History - 19th century - Illinois, Mentally ill - Commitment and detention - History - 19th century - Illinois, Insanity Law - United States, Women - Legal status, laws, etc - United States
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly