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Kate Moore

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

Nonfiction | Biography | Adult | Published in 2021

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The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore recounts the true story of Elizabeth Packard, a 43-year-old woman in 1860 who is forcibly committed to the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane by her husband for her outspoken religious beliefs and advocacy for women's rights. While institutionalized for three years, Elizabeth fights for her freedom and later campaigns for legal reforms to protect the rights of married women and psychiatric patients. The book touches on physical and emotional abuse, forced hospitalization, and intense psychological manipulation.

Reviews & Readership

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The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore is widely praised for its meticulously researched narrative and compelling storytelling. Reviewers commend Moore's ability to highlight historical injustices while maintaining reader engagement. However, some criticize the book for its dense details and occasional repetition. Overall, it's a powerful, thought-provoking read.

Who should read this

Who Should Read The Woman They Could Not Silence?

Readers who would enjoy The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore are typically history enthusiasts, particularly those interested in women's history and mental health. Fans of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly would find this book compelling.

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Book Details


Gender / Feminism

History: U.S.

Trauma / Abuse / Violence


Identity: Mental Health

Emotions/Behavior: Determination / Perseverance

Values/Ideas: Justice & Injustice