The Victorian Age: Birthplace of the original date rape drug and liberalism.

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In the overview of the Victorians, I was surprised to learn that Chloroform was not only discovered during this time period, but actually used by Queen Victoria during the birth of her son in 1853. Moreover, I was shocked to read that movements such as socialism and liberalism began to take foothold. Previously, I had imagined the Victorians as stuffy, proper, close minded and still hacking off limbs with an ax in the name of civilized medicine. According to the overview provided by Ms. Vance, this isn’t the case. To learn they spawned social movements and medical breakthroughs already make it easier to draw a correlation between the time of powdered wigs and our current societal state. In this day and age, we see a wide variety of movements for social justice on our minority population’s behalf and marvel at the next generation of smart phones. Who’d have thought it was taking place in the 1800’s?

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