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Published: 31 May 2012

280 Pages | 20 halftones


ISBN: 9780199758722

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Sick from Freedom

African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Jim Downs

  • Reveals that the moment of emancipation triggered widespread illness and death among African Americans.
  • 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the unofficial liberation of the slaves during the Civil War and 2013 the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • The first in-depth study of the Medical Division of the Freedmen's Bureau, the first system of national medical care created by the federal government.
  • Connects the federal government's response to emancipation to the displacement of Native Americans on reservations.