The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry

Wendy Gonaver ’94

In the United States, the segregation of the mentally ill into specialized institutions coincided with the struggle to end slavery. With The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry​​​​Wendy Gonaver ’94 traces the histories of two asylums—the first in the nation and the first created specifically for African Americans—and reveals how slavery and ideas about race shaped early mental health treatment. (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

The Peculiar Institution