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Reddy: Nursing and Empire

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625072

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625072.001.0001

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Reconstructing the Imperial Nation

Reconstructing the Imperial Nation

(p.67) Chapter Three Reconstructing the Imperial Nation
Nursing and Empire

Sujani K. Reddy

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter begins by introducing missionary "woman's work for woman" in the U.S. South and the way it laid a foundation for the philanthropic work of the Rockefeller Foundation. It then details the development of the corporate trust as a central feature of U.S. open door policy. The chapter then turns to the pivotal role that Rockefeller wealth had in funding Jim and Jane Crow segregation in U.S. healthcare. The chapter links this to the investments that Rockefeller made in the professionalization of healthcare workers (including nurses) and the use of public health as a "civilizing" tool in the U.S. South. This became a model that the foundation exported across Anglo-American empire as it linked formerly enslaved African and formerly indentured Indian bodies as vectors of pollution and disease. This chapter also shows how shifts within the infrastructure of British rule in India opened avenues for Rockefeller's public health work, including professional nursing.

Keywords:   Rockefeller Foundation, Jane Crow, Jim Crow, open door policy, public health

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