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Death, disease, and discrimination during the construction of the Panama Canal (1904-1914)

Enrique Chaves-Carballo Overland Park, Kansas, United States   Theodore Roosevelt, portrait, ca. 1904, Wikipedia Commons, public domain. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858-1919) President Theodore Roosevelt envisioned an interoceanic canal as indispensable for American “dominance at the seas.”1 An isthmian canal would facilitate rapid deployment of U.S. Navy ships from Atlantic to Pacific Oceans, bypassing the arduous […]

Fighting the long defeat

John Eberly Columbia, South Carolina, United States   Arcata Mill fire. May 1965. Photograph by Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003). “Together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.”1  — J. R. R. Tolkien   In May 1965, a fire started on the ground floor of the Sound Lumber Company in Arcata, California. […]

The good death

Raeford E Brown, Jr Lexington, Kentucky, USA   Physicians and nurses experience death all too often. We recognize the gray hue, the fetid odor, and chill of a body that has been failing for days or months. In hospital halls, we hurriedly pass families as they struggle to deal with the loss of their loved […]

Changes in childbirth in the United States: 1750–1950

Laura Kaplan New York, New York, United States   American pioneer birth scene, 1887 Gustave Joseph Witkowski Wood print From Histoire des accouchements chez tous les peuples For most of American history, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and post-partum have been dangerous periods for mother and child. However, starting slowly in the late 18th century and […]