Brown Bag Consumed by Poverty: The Experience of Tuberculosis in the Boston Almshouse, 1800-1850 19 February 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Mary Fuhrer, Independent Scholar

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.