Southern Hospitality?

When we think of the America’s Southern Heritage we think of humidity, magnolia dogwoods, good food, and hapless southern belles who have to spend their dowry on bourbon and pills to numb the loneliness.  Oh, well I can’t help it; I am a romantic! But enough novel nonsense!  Along with the romance and humor, we find that there is deeper, more darker, side to all things.  What I appreciate about McCandless’ work is that he offers an opposing perspective of asylum life, by showing how different institutions were depending upon where you were.  The laws, customs, culture, and supervisors all inform the operation of these institutions.  As well as their form and the functions that follow.  The following link http://www.jstor.org/stable/2595921 offers some insight into the changes that occurred between the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century in England.

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