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The Woman They Could Not Silence

One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

by Kate Moore

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    Jun 2021, 560 pages

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Elizabeth Packard's story is one of injustice, courage and, ultimately, vindication. The Woman They Could Not Silence shows how she successfully challenged American coverture laws in the mid-19th century.

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore is a poignant and stark reminder of the importance of ethical mental health treatment, the dangers of oppression and the precarity of women's rights in a not-so-distant past. Using a combination of diary entries, historical research, letters and other written correspondence, Moore brings us the true account of social and legal reformer Elizabeth Packard.

For 21 years, Elizabeth and her Presbyterian pastor husband, Theophilus, appeared to live together peacefully, if not happily. They had six children whom Elizabeth described as, "the sun, moon, and stars." Motherhood was her first and truest love. She dedicated her life to making sure her children's world was as "wonderous" and perfect as possible.

However, even before the horrifying events that led to her being institutionalized, Elizabeth had begun to recognize her husband as a ...

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