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Health in the CityRace, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930$
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Tanya Hart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001

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Work in the City

Work in the City

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Health in the City

Tanya Hart

NYU Press

This chapter provides an overview of the amalgamation of top-down efforts to aid and analyze the poor. In particular, it discusses the study of Dr. S. Josephine Baker, head of the Division of Child Hygiene and the first woman to lead a municipal city department in the United States, as well as that of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, who researched on black life in San Juan Hill (the earlier name for Columbus Hill). Baker suggests that cities should invest in teaching new mothers preventive health care measures, and use visiting nurses as teachers and supervisors to monitor child care. Meanwhile, Du Bois argues that North America must turn its attention to its race problem in a manner that is less “academic” and more in tune with that of South America.

Keywords:   Dr. S. Josephine Baker, Division of Child Hygiene, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, San Juan Hill, Columbus Hill

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