Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum

Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum

Antonia Hyton

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Quick Notes:

  • Introduction
    • Story of family member w/ racism-related mental health issue
    • History of Crownsville’s story
  • Part One – Breaking Ground
    • Chapter One: A Negro Asylum
      • Story of Agnes & husband William, March 1914
      • William and the Polish guard, beaten to death
      • Children’s fear of losing their mind
    • Chapter Two:
      • Negro’s would “loose their way” after freedom from slavery.
      • drapetomania – This hypothesis centered around the belief that slavery was such an improvement upon the lives of slaves that only those suffering from some form of mental illness would wish to escape.
      • advocation for re-enslavement
    • Chapter Three:
    • Chapter Four:
    • Chapter Five: