As the Civil War entered its third year the fate of the black slaves occupied center stage among northern thinkers. Could the black man become a productive citizen? Would black people be able to care for themselves, and remain healthy? Would the black man make a good soldier? In 1863 and 1864 some 180,000 black men entered the Union army, and many hoped the experience would train them in citizenship skills. An alarming number died of disease, which led some to claim that the black body was inherently weak, unable to survive the rigors of the army and the modern world. This talk explores the disease experience of the black soldier and the factors which caused such high morbidity and mortality during the Civil War.
Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, of Duke University, will discuss these issues in the 2005 Annual Samuel X. Radbill Lecture.
Thursday, October 20, 2005, 6:15 PM
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW THE TALK
This program is free and open to all.
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For further information about this or other programs of the Section on Medical History, please contact Ed Morman, Director of the Wood Institute for the History of Medicine: 215.563.3737, ext. 265, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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