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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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No License; Nor No Deplomer

No License; Nor No Deplomer

Regulating Private Medical Practice and Public Space

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(p.114) Chapter Five No License; Nor No Deplomer
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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.9

Three African American healers—John Donalson of Austin, Texas, Moses Camplin of Charleston, South Carolina, and Alexander Augusta of Washington, D.C, wrote to the Freedmen's Bureau about their medical practices in 1865 and 1866 with the belief that the federal government might redress their grievances. This chapter undertakes a close reading of correspondence from and about these three disparate African American doctors. The diverse experiences they describe with local Bureau agents, municipal authorities, the white citizenry, and white doctors, as well with the black community and their patient bases, show the complicated relationship between freedom and black medical professionalism during emancipation.

Keywords:   John Donalson, Moses Camplin, Alexander Augusta, Freedmen's Bureau, medical practice, freedom, emancipation

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