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Moonlight, Magnolias & Madness

Insanity In South Carolina From The Colonial Period To The Progressive Era

By Peter McCandless

Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness is a social history of the perceptions and treatment of the mentally ill in South Carolina over two centuries. Examining insanity in both an institutional and a community context, Peter McCandless shows how policies and attitudes changed dramatically from the colonial era to the early twentieth century. He also sheds new light on the ways sectionalism and race affected the plight of the insane in a state whose fortunes worsened markedly after the Civil War. Antebellum asylum reformers in the state were inspired by many of the same ideals as their northern counterparts, such as therapeutic optimism and moral treatment. But McCandless shows that treatment ideologies in South Carolina, which had a majority black population, were complicated by the issue of race, and that blacks received markedly inferior care. By re-creating the different experiences of the insane--black and white, inside the asylum and within the community--McCandless highlights the importance of regional variation in the treatment of mental illness.

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Format: Book
Author: McCandless, Peter
Title: Moonlight, magnolias & madness : insanity in South Carolina from the colonial period to the progressive era / Peter McCandless.
Publisher Date: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1996.
Subject: South Carolina Lunatic Asylum -- History. South Carolina State Hospital for Insane -- History. South Carolina State Hospital -- History. South Carolina State Hospital for Insane Mentally ill -- Care -- South Carolina -- History Social psychiatry -- South Carolina -- History
Isbn: 0807822515 (cloth : alk. paper) 9780807822517 (cloth : alk. paper) 0807845582 (pbk. : alk. paper) 9780807845585 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: McCandless, Peter
Title: Moonlight, magnolias & madness : insanity in South Carolina from the colonial period to the progressive era / Peter McCandless.
Publisher, Date: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1996.
Description: xv, 405 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: South Carolina Lunatic Asylum -- History.
Subjects: South Carolina State Hospital for Insane -- History.
Subjects: South Carolina State Hospital -- History.
Subjects: South Carolina State Hospital for Insane
Subjects: Mentally ill -- Care -- South Carolina -- History
Subjects: Social psychiatry -- South Carolina -- History
Other Title: Moonlight, magnolias, and madness
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-400) and index.
LCCN: 95016641
ISBN: 0807822515 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780807822517 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0807845582 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780807845585 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
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Call Number: 362.2 McC