Tuberculosis and the Politics of Exclusion: A History of by Emily K. Abel

By Emily K. Abel

Even though infamous for its polluted air at the present time, town of Los Angeles as soon as touted itself as a health and wellbeing hotel. After the arriving of the transcontinental railroad in 1876, publicists introduced a crusade to painting the town because the promised land, circulating numerous tales of fabulous remedies for the unwell and debilitated. As increasingly more migrants poured in, notwithstanding, a niche emerged among the city's glittering snapshot and its darkish truth. In Tuberculosis and the Politics of Exclusion, Emily ok. Abel indicates how the organization of the illness with "tramps" through the Eighties and Eighteen Nineties and dirt Bowl refugees in the course of the Nineteen Thirties provoked exclusionary measures opposed to either teams. furthermore, public healthiness officers sought not just to limit the access of Mexicans (the majority of immigrants) in the course of the Nineteen Twenties but additionally to expel them throughout the Nineteen Thirties. Abel's revealing account presents a serious lens during which to view either the modern debate approximately immigration and the U.S. reaction to the emergent international tuberculosis epidemic.

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Courtesy of Cathryn Griffith. five children she had left behind, as well as for her many other family members and friends. Although the new scenery and vegetation often thrilled her, she longed for the familiar. After buying “a box of grapes, two of peaches, and one of quinces,” for example, she commented, “I often wish for Pennsylvania fruit. ”134 Because the world of tuberculosis had changed dramatically since the mid1890s, Margaret also faced a new set of issues. One was the growing popular awareness of the communicable nature of the disease.

99 The sight of other babies would revive her bitter grief throughout her stay in Los Angeles. In August 1893, Lucy was traveling with her brother, Otho, whom she loved “better than anyone else,” when he contracted typhoid. 100 The two women used similar language to explain their motivations to care. ”101 Lucy later commented, “As a dutiful daughter, I simply did my job . . ”102 The two women also shared a sense of banishment. Both referred to the same biblical phrase (“strangers in a strange land”) their contemporaries used to describe dying consumptives in cheap lodging houses.

Although a few private groups founded small institutions for poor people with TB, most free and low-cost tuberculosis services were the responsibility of government agencies, including the California State Board of Health, the Los Angeles City Health Department, the Los Angeles County Department of Health, which had jurisdiction over the unincorporated areas of the county as well as several small cities within its borders, and the Los Angeles County Department of Charities, which operated both the county hospital and sanatorium.

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