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Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation

Gretchen Long


For enslaved and newly freed African Americans, attaining freedom and citizenship without health for themselves and their families would have been an empty victory. Even before emancipation, African Americans recognized that control of their bodies was a critical battleground in their struggle for autonomy, and they devised strategies to retain at least some of that control. This book tells the stories of African Americans who fought for access to both medical care and medical education, showing the important relationship between medical practice and political identity. Working closely with an ... More

Keywords: African Americans, freedom, citizenship, emancipation, medical care, medical education, medical practice, political identity, antebellum medical journals, planters' diaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835838
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837399_long


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gretchen Long, author