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Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity   By:

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Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity by Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard is a gripping and thought-provoking memoir that sheds light on the unjust treatment of women in the 19th century.

The book chronicles Elizabeth Packard's personal journey as she navigates the perilous waters of a male-dominated society, where her rights and agency as a woman are blatantly disregarded. Packard's account begins with her confinement to a mental asylum against her will, simply because she dared to question her husband's authority and challenge societal norms.

Throughout the narrative, Packard presents a scathing critique of the legal and medical establishments of her time, highlighting the oppressive nature of marriage laws and the inherent biases against women. Her articulate and persuasive arguments expose the hypocrisy of a system that upholds marital power at the expense of a woman's autonomy and mental well-being.

Packard's strength and resilience shine through her writing, as she fearlessly recounts the horrors she experienced during her confinement. Her vivid descriptions of life inside the asylum are both heart-wrenching and eye-opening, revealing the dehumanizing treatment of patients and the lack of compassion from those entrusted with their care.

What makes Marital Power Exemplified a remarkable read is not just the recounting of Packard's personal struggles but also her profound observations on the broader social issues of her time. She adeptly intertwines her own story with insightful analysis, unveiling the pervasive patriarchy that not only marginalized women but also constrained the progress of society as a whole.

The book is excellently written, keeping the reader engaged from beginning to end. Packard's prose is both impassioned and persuasive, laying bare the injustices she faced while leaving no room for doubt about the urgent need for change.

Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity offers a compelling account of one woman's fight against oppression and a timely reminder of the enduring struggle for gender equality. Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard's story serves as a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the indomitable power of perseverance in the face of adversity.

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[Illustration: The House from which Mrs. Packard was Kidnapped in Manteno, Kankakee County, Illinois.]


OR Three Years' Imprisonment for Religious Belief, BY THE ARBITRARY WILL OF A HUSBAND, WITH AN APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT TO SO CHANGE THE LAWS AS TO AFFORD Legal Protection to Married Women.





Introduction, 3

The Great Trial of Mrs. Elizabeth P. W. Packard, who was confined Three Years in the State Asylum of Illinois, charged by her Husband, Rev. Theophilus Packard, with being Insane. Her discharge from the Asylum, and subsequent Imprisonment at her own House by her Husband. Her release on a Writ of Habeas Corpus, and the question of her Sanity tried by a Jury. Her Sanity fully established, 13

Narrative of events continued, 42

Miscellaneous questions answered, 61

False Reports corrected, 85

Note of thanks to my Patrons and the Press, 107

Testimonials, 117

Conclusion, 126

An Appeal to the Government, 130

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by MRS... Continue reading book >>

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