John W. Norwood Letter to Francis T. Stribling
Scope and Content
The John W. Norwood Letter to Francis Stribling, the superintendent of the Virginia Western State Lunatic Asylum, discusses the mental health of Norwood's wife and seeks advice on how to help her. The letter outlines the psychological effects of enslaving human beings upon an enslaver with fragile mental health. The fear of the people she enslaved was apparently driving her mad, and she feared not only the violence of an uprising, but the letter hints at her fear of being poisoned as well.
- Norwood, John W. (John Wall), 1803-1885 (Person)
- Stribling, Francis T. (Francis Taliaferro), 1810-1874 (Person)
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John Wall Norwood (1803-1885) was an attorney and member of the North Carolina General Assembly. During the American Civil War he acted as a superintendent of relief for families of Orange County, North Carolina. After the war, Norwood joined with others in an effort to suppress the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Norwood died at Poplar Hill at age eighty-two.
"Norwood, John Wall", ncpedia.org, https://www.ncpedia.org/biography/norwood-john-wall, accessed on June 5, 2023.
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The John W. Norwood Letter to Francis Stribling discusses the mental health of Norwood's wife and her paranoia torward the people they enslave.
Source of Acquisition
The John W. Norwood Letter to Francis T. Sribling was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in January 2018.
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The processing, arrangement, and description of the John W. Norwood Letter to Francis T. Stribling was completed in June 2023.
- John W. Norwood Letter to Francis T. Stribling, 1851
- Sterling Bryant, Student Assistant
- 2023 (CC0 1.0)
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