Able-Bodied Womanhood

Able-Bodied Womanhood : Personal Health and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Boston

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This study concerns itself with the relationship between popular health and social conditions in middle-class Boston from 1830-1900. Women's lives, in particular, reveal the social significance of ideas about health during that period. Against the backdrop of national debate about female duties and well-being this book follows middle-class women as they learned about physiology and hygiene through popular health literature, voluntary clubs, and schools in Boston. The pursuit of health also enabled middle-class women to explore the nature of womanhood, and to discover both conventional and new meanings.
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  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones and tables
  • 0195051246
  • 9780195051247

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'an insightful, carefully-nuanced contribution to the history of American health reform'
Susan E. Lederer, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Social History of Medicine, Volume 3, Number 3, December 1990
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