Losing her mother and her infant daughter within such a short space of time was devastating, but Anthony also emphasizes that Ida suffered from some genuine physical malady. As Anthony notes, epilepsy was classified as a psychiatric disorder in the late nineteenth century, and was popularly undersood as a form of insanity.
Epilepsy can indeed be caused by head trauma or postpartum complications, either or both of which could explain the late onset of the disease.
Ida seemed to be progressing toward recovery when, in June , another blow fell: three-year-old Katie died of scarlet fever. Until this time, Ida had been a regular churchgoer and apparently a devout Christian. Now she found herself unable to find solace in religion, believing that God had abandoned her. In turn, William would build his political persona on his devotion to his suffering wife.https://ustanovka-kondicionera-deshevo.ru/libraries/2020-03-19/2805.php
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To do this, the McKinleys had to make public rituals of their private relationship. For example, during his term as governor of Ohio, each morning McKinley would wave from the capitol plaza to Ida, who watched from the window of their hotel suite across the street. Careful observers would have noticed that McKinley did this even on days when Ida was known to be at home in Canton.
It was all part of the performance.
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Anthony notes that for most of her life, Ida did not fit the mold of traditional Christian womanhood. She had no children, and she never went to church. William did much of the work of organizing their household. The Big Bopper. King Curtis. Mick Jagger.
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