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Author Fett, Sharla M.

Title Working cures : healing, health, and power on southern slave plantations / Sharla M. Fett
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 290 pages) : illustrations
Series Gender and American culture
Gender & American culture.
Contents Visions of health. Soundness ; Spirit and power ; Sacred plants ; Conjuring community -- Areas of conflict. Doctoring women ; Danger and distrust ; Fooling the master
Summary An exploration of black health under slavery showing how herbalism, conjuring, midwifery and other African American healing practices became arts of resistance in the antebellum South and invoked conflicts between the slave doctors and the whites who attempted to supervise their work
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-279) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Healing -- Southern States -- History.
Health and race -- Southern States -- History.
Plantation life -- Southern States -- History.
Slaves -- Health and hygiene -- Southern States -- History.
Slaves -- Medical care -- Southern States -- History.
Slaves -- Southern States -- Social conditions.
African Americans -- history.
History, 19th Century.
Medicine, Traditional -- history.
Southern States -- Social conditions.
Southeastern United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001057016
ISBN 0807898929 (electronic bk.)
9780807898925 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)