Stateside, Blackwell was confronted with adversity, however did manage to get some media support from entities such as the New-York Tribune. She had very few patients, a state of affairs she attributed to the stigma of women docs as abortionists. In April, 1849, Blackwell made the decision to continue her research in Europe.
In 1844, with the help of her sister Anna, Blackwell procured a educating job that paid $1,000 per year in Henderson, Kentucky. Although she was happy along with her class, she found the lodging and schoolhouse lacking. What disturbed her most was that this was her first real encounter with the realities of slavery. Pressed by financial need, the sisters Anna, Marian and Elizabeth began a college, The Cincinnati English and French Academy for Young Ladies, which offered instruction in most, if not all, topics and charged for tuition and room and board.
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