Tuberculosis caused up to a third of all deaths in antebellum New England. Attempting to make sense of this devastation, sufferers—and society—created "illness narratives" to interpret their experience and provide meaning, consolation, or blame. This study examines poor consumptives in the Boston Almshouse, seeking to "open out" their lives and better understand how they—and others—made sense of their affliction.
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19 February 2014 this event is free Brown Bag
Consumed by Poverty: The Experience of Tuberculosis in the Boston Almshouse, 1800-185012:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Mary Fuhrer, Independent Scholar