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Science at the borders : immigrant medical inspection and the shaping of the modern industrial labor force

Author: Amy L Fairchild
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
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In 1891, officers of the United States Public Health Service began examining immigrants at the nation's borders for "loathsome and dangerous contagious diseases." First introduced as a means to screen out those who posed a threat to public health, the examinations were soon described by officials as a way of denying entry to applicants who could not work and would, therefore, be a burden on society. But historian  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy L Fairchild
ISBN: 0801870801 9780801870804
OCLC Number: 49699445
Description: xii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Immigration by the numbers: rethinking the immigrant medical experience --
Part I: Numbers large: immigrant medical inspection as an inclusionary tool --
1. Immigrants and the new industrial economy --
2. The function of medical inspection: restriction, instruction, and discipline of the laboring body --
3. The medical gaze: science in industrial-era America --
Part II: Numbers small: immigrant medical inspection as an exclusionary tool --
4. The shape of the line: immigrant medical inspection from coast to coast --
5. At the borders of science: diagnostic technology at the intersection of race, class, disease, and industrial citizenship --
6. Drawing the color line: racial patterns of medical certification and exclusion --
The end of the line: immigrant medical inspection after 1924.
Responsibility: Amy L. Fairchild.
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Her weaving of both [narratives and statistical data] is deft, and her analysis of the numerical data is superb... A touchstone for anyone doing work in either the histories of immigration or public Read more...

 
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