On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Race, Slavery, and Psychiatry," Wendy Gonaver discusses her book, The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880, the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Virginia, and the roles that race, the institution of slavery, and slave labor played in the development of psychiatric diagnosis and care through the nineteenth century and beyond. Listen to Working History on Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to keep up to date on future episodes.
Wendy Gonaver graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1994, and received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2012. She is currently is archives assistant at the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives at Chapman University. The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880 was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019.