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Doctoring FreedomThe Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation$
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Gretchen Long

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835838

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837399_long

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When the Slaves Got Sick

When the Slaves Got Sick

Antebellum Medical Practice

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(p.11) Chapter One When the Slaves Got Sick
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Doctoring Freedom
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Gretchen Long

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837399_long.5

This chapter explores the role of health and medicine in slavery and the abolition movement. During the antebellum period, African American slaves took actions to preserve their own health despite the obstacles posed by the slave system. The chapter discusses the harsh medical practices endured by African American slaves as meted out by their slave masters and how they turned to their own community for help.

Keywords:   health, medicine, slavery, abolition movement, antebellum period, medical practices

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