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The health of the country : how American settlers understood themselves and their land

Author: Conevery Bolton Valenčius
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Describes western expansion life and how settlers used a combination of science, intuition, popular wisdom, and observation to evaluate their surroundings and the effect on their health.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Conevery Bolton Valenčius
ISBN: 0465089860 9780465089864 0465089879 9780465089871
OCLC Number: 49376148
Description: viii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Healthy country". "Is it thriving & healthy?" --
Sources --
Making American territory --
"New country". "Wild" land and "new" --
Acclimation --Literature of settlement --
"Movers" and "improvers" --
Early Arkansas and Missouri --
Native peoples --
Emigration stories, Black andwhite --
Body. Medicine and the demands of health --
Force and flow --
Blood --
Intake and outgo --
"Risings" and release --
Derangement and proper management --
Change --
Chills and fevers --
Places. "Place " --
Telling the "Health of the country" --
Indoors and out --
Climate and constitution --Movement --
Airs. Reading the air --
Miasma --
Smell --
Counteraction --
Disgust --
Expertise and common knowledge --
Change and the perils of human action --
Blurred boundaries --
Waters. Conduit --
Blessing --
Threat --
Flood --
Swamp --
Sloughs of the spirit --
Wondrous waters : healing springs --
Local knowledge : medical geography and the intellectual hinterland. "On the medical topography of Saint Charles County, Mo." --
Science of the local --
Politics of local knowledge --
Professional anxieties of the periphery --
Regional boosterism and southern medicine --
Uses of history --
Models for hinterland practice --
Cultivation. Agriculture as material and moral imperative --
Farm work. Cultivation and sense of self --
Fertility and generation --
Changes wrought by cultivation --
Crisis --
Racial anxiety. Peoples and places --
Environmental belonging --
Vulnerability of the racial self --
Blurred boundaries --
Proper place : free Black identity --
Mixedness and the problem of color --
Failure of order.
Responsibility: by Conevery Bolton Valenčius.
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An original, thought-provoking book...Those who only have the time or the inclination to read a few books on the period should make every effort to read this one.- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette  Read more...

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