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Money, Marriage, and Madness: The Life of Anna Ott

Kim E. Nielsen


Money, Marriage, and Madness is a story of the medical profession, a woman’s wealth and the gendered property laws in which she operated, marital violence, marriage and divorce, institutional incarceration, and an alleged bank robbery. Dr. Anna B. Miesse Ott lived in a legal context governing money, marriage, and madness that nearly all nineteenth-century women shared. She benefited from wealth, professional status as a physician, and whiteness, but they did not protect her from the vulnerabilities generated by sexism and ableism. After an 1856 marriage and divorce, Ott served for nearly twent ... More

Keywords: biography, marriage law, divorce, marital violence, institutionalization, insane asylums, historical methodology, diagnosis, disability history, Anna B. Ott

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043147
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kim E. Nielsen, author
University of Toledo