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Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness

Suellen Hoy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195111286
eISBN:
9780199854011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111286.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Americans in the early 19th century were, as one foreign traveler bluntly put it, “filthy, bordering on the beastly.” Yet gradually this changed, and today Americans are known for their obsession ... More


U.S. Sanitary Commission Physicians and the Transformation of American Health Care

Kathryn Shively Meier

in So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823264476
eISBN:
9780823266609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264476.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Although the Jacksonian era did much to erode the relationship between professional physicians and the American populace, the Civil War provided a singular opportunity for a new class of doctors to ... More


Introduction: Arriving at Quiet

Shari Goldberg

in Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This introduction establishes how a quieter conception of testimony emerges from nineteenth-century American literature, how it reorients the terms through which scholars assess the significance of ... More


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