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Sick from freedom : African-American illness and suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Author: Jim Downs
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bondspeople who fled from slavery during and after the Civil War did not expect that their flight toward freedom would lead to sickness, disease, suffering, and death. But the war produced the largest biological crisis of the nineteenth century, and as historian Jim Downs reveals in this groundbreaking volume, it had deadly consequences for hundreds of thousands of freed people. In Sick from Freedom, Downs recovers
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Downs
ISBN: 9780199758722 0199758727
OCLC Number: 760975615
Description: xiv, 264 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Ch. 1. Dying to be free: the unexpected medical crises of war and emancipation --
Ch. 2. The anatomy of emancipation: the creation of a healthy labor force --
Ch. 3. Freedmen's hospitals: the medical division of the Freedmen's Bureau --
Ch. 4. Reconstructing an epidemic: smallpox among former slaves, 1862-1868 --
Ch. 5. The healing power of labor: disabled, orphaned, elderly, and female freed slaves in the postwar South --
Ch. 6. Narrating illness: freedpeople's health claims at Reconstruction's end --
Conclusion --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Jim Downs.
Local System Bib Number:
ocn760975615

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Sick from Freedom provides the first study of the health conditions of emancipated slaves and reveals the epidemics, illnesses, and poverty that former slaves suffered from when slavery ended and  Read more...
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Down's depiction is of a people overwhelmed by disaster, and inadequately aided by their supposed blue-coated saviors. * Margaret Humphreys, Journal of the History of Medicine * Historian Downs Read more...

 
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