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Mary Lincoln's insanity case [electronic resource] : a documentary history /

Jason Emerson.

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Main Author: Emerson, Jason
Published: Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press, ©2012.
Topics: Newspapers - History - Sources - 19th century. | Presidents' spouses - United States - Biography. | Mental illness - United States - Case studies. | HISTORY - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877) | HISTORY - United States - 19th Century. | Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882 - Mental health. | Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882 - Trials, litigation, etc. | Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 - Family. | Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882 - Mental health - Trials, litigation, etc. - Family. | Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 - Mental health - Trials, litigation, etc. - Family.
Regions: United States
Genres: Electronic books. | Biography | Case studies | History | Sources
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246 3 |aMary Todd Lincoln's insanity case
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300 |a1 online resource (xix, 237 pages) :|billustrations, portrait, facsimiles
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 229-231) and index.
505 0 |aApril 1865-May 1875 -- Trial of 1875 : newspaper reports -- Trial of 1875 : correspondence -- Trial of 1875 : newspaper editorials -- Suicide attempt -- May-July 1875 -- August 1875 -- September-December 1875 -- January 1-May 21, 1876 -- Trial of 1876 -- June-September 1876 -- October 1876-June 1882 -- Posthumous -- Appendix. Abraham Lincoln's comments on his wife's sanity.
520 |a"In 1875 Mary Lincoln, the widow of a revered president, was committed to an insane asylum by her son, Robert. The trial that preceded her internment was a subject of keen national interest. The focus of public attention since Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860, Mary Lincoln had attracted plentiful criticism and visible scorn from much of the public, who perceived her as spoiled, a spendthrift, and even too much of a Southern sympathizer. Widespread scrutiny only increased following her husband's assassination in 1865 and her son Tad's death six years later, after which her overwhelming grief led to the increasingly erratic behavior that led to her being committed to a sanitarium. A second trial a year later resulted in her release, but the stigma of insanity stuck. In the years since, questions emerged with new force, as the populace and historians debated whether she had been truly insane and subsequently cured, or if she was the victim of family maneuvering. In this volume, noted Lincoln scholar Jason Emerson provides a documentary history of Mary Lincoln's mental illness and insanity case, evenhandedly presenting every relevant primary source on the subject to enable a clearer view of the facts. Beginning with documents from the immediate aftermath of her husband's assassination and ending with reminiscences by friends and family in the mid-twentieth century, Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case: A Documentary History compiles more than one hundred letters, dozens of newspaper articles, editorials, and legal documents, and the daily patient progress reports from Bellevue Place Sanitarium during Mary Lincoln's incarceration. Including many materials that have never been previously published, Emerson also collects multiple reminiscences, interviews, and diaries of people who knew Mary Lincoln or were involved in the case, including the first-hand recollection of one of the jurors in the 1875 insanity trial. Suggesting neither accusation nor exoneration of the embattled First Lady, Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case: A Documentary History gives scholars and history enthusiasts incomparable access to the documents and information crucial to understanding this vexing chapter in American history"--Provided by publisher.
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