The human mind is mysterious and amazing, allowing people to perform the simplest tasks to imagining the great scale of the universe and possibilities yet unheard. But the heartbreak of when things go wrong with the mind can destroy lives if not treated. In the 1800s, very little was understood how to treat mental illness, and those with maladies that could be overcome with patience and kindness were so often tossed aside. One reformer, Dorothea Dix, saw their basic humanity and campaigned across the country and across the world to change the way they were seen and treated, transforming mental health care.
It was called the “White Plague.” Tuberculosis caught untold numbers of people in its grasp, leaving thousands dead. In the late 1800s, doctors had few means to treat the deadly disease, and its contagious nature added to the danger and overwhelmed the few medical facilities that existed in the United States in the nineteenth century. Arkansas was no exception. And in the early 1900s, the state created a new facility to help these patients, the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
The accolades given to some many different groups of people during this pause in the pursuit of the American dream goes to show the necessity of everyone working to do achieve their dream. The nurses and doctors in the ‘front lines,’ truck drivers, factory workers making the products we need, food processors, clothing manufacturers, dentists, and beauticians, all make up the economy that works together to make this country the greatest on the planet.
“Another day, another dollar” was a saying that became popular in the late 1800s. Many workers made only 10 cents per hour for a ten-hour work day. With difficult work and dangerous work to perform for little pay, tensions rose between workers and their bosses. Labor unions emerged as workers sought to speak out. Arguments with management, however, erupted into full-scale wars. In 1886, railroad titan Jay Gould faced off a union called the Knights of Labor. The result was the Great Southwest Railroad Strike, the largest strike in Arkansas History.
When the national shutdown happened due to COVID-19, I kept looking at social media seeing what people were saying and what was happening. Everyone had their own opinions whether its doom and gloom or that its not that bad. It started to cause me anxiety the more I checked it. I realized I needed a break from Social Media.