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Money, Marriage, and MadnessThe Life of Anna Ott$
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Kim E. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043147

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043147.001.0001

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The Questions of 1855

The Questions of 1855

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(p.22) 2. The Questions of 1855
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Money, Marriage, and Madness
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Kim E. Nielsen

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043147.003.0003

Exploring the limited information available about this tumultuous period in Ott’s life, this chapter explores how historians wrestle with limited sources, unanswered questions, contradictions, and the ways our historical subjects may possibly lie or mislead us. The chapter uses Ott’s passport application and early divorce documents to unpack the period.

Keywords:   passport, women’s medical education, historical methodology

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