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One Glorious Ambition

06 Jun

One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea DixOne Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Jane Kirkpatrick’s books. They always bring history to life. It’s not always neat and tidy. It’s not always pretty. It’s real history and real life … in all its messiness.

This one threw me a curve. I’ve read about Dorothea Dix in numerous places over the years. Her work with the nurses during the Civil War was nothing short of legendary. When I saw her name on the cover, I snatched up this book!

What I didn’t expect, but was delighted to discover, is that the book starts when she is little more than a child and ends before the Civil War. I had *no idea* that Miss Dix’s life’s passion was to bring humane treatment to the insane, the feeble-minded, and those suffering other mental traumas. Wow. It’s an incredible story of persistence, sacrifice, and living for a mission. Well worth reading.

 

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