Packard v. Packard, Pt. 1

“Kidnapping Mrs. Packard” from “Modern persecution, or, Insane asylums unveiled” by E.P.W. Packard, 1874. Public domain

Elizabeth Packard’s marriage started out well, but soon, her questioning nature exploration of new ideas about religion led her husband to decide she was mentally ill. He had her forcibly committed to the Illinois State Asylum and Hospital for the Insane.

Tracy's Research:

  • Carlisle, Linda V. “’New Notions and Wild Vagaries’: Elizabeth Packard's Quest for Personal Liberty.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (1998-), Vol. 93, No. 1 (Spring, 2000). Via JSTOR.
  • Himelhoch, Myra Samuels and Arthur H. Shaffer. “Elizabeth Packard: Nineteenth-Century Crusader for the Rights of Mental Patients.” Journal of American Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Dec., 1979). Via JSTOR.
  • Illinois History & Lincoln Collections. “Elizabeth Packard – Legal and Mental Health Reformer.”
  • Carlisle, Linda V. “Elizabeth Packard: A Noble Fight.” University of Illinois Press. 2010.
  • Packard, Elizabeth. “Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity.” Chicago, Clarke & Co. Publishers, 1870. Via Project Gutenberg.