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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Child, Lydia Maria

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Chris Dixon

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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...of the World , a collection of writings from various religions. Finally achieving financial security late in life, during the 1870 s Child donated to a host of causes she deemed worthy of support. Lydia Maria Child died in 1880 . [ See also Antebellum Era ; Antebellum Reform ; Antislavery ; Woman Suffrage Movement ; and Women’s Rights Movement, Antebellum Era . ] bibliography Baer, Helene G. The Heart Is like Heaven: The Life of Lydia Maria Child . Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1964. Karcher, Carolyn L. The First Woman in...

Dust Bowl

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Donald Worster

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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...rapidly into the windy, drought-prone plains. Native grasses that had evolved a high degree of climatic resilience abruptly disappeared under the plow. For a while crops were abundant and profits high, but then began a record-breaking drought that withered the fields and left them bare. Severe but short-lived droughts recurred in the decades after the 1930 s, but none had the impact of the Dust Bowl years, leading many observers to conclude that farmer ingenuity and improved technology had made another disaster impossible. In truth, although a constant flow of...

Pirates

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Joel H. Baer

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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...Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700–1750 . Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1987. A groundbreaking, lavishly documented study of maritime laborers in conflict with mercantile capitalism and of the strategies for resistance that they pioneered. Joel H. ...

Medicine, Popular and Non-Western

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Cullen Clark

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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...of the twenty-first century, Americans continued their tradition of medical pluralism. [ See also Great Awakenings ; Health and Fitness ; Health and Healing, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries ; Hospitals and Dispensaries ; Midwifery ; and Religion . ] bibliography Baer, Hans A. Biomedicine and Alternative Healing Systems in America: Issues of Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender . Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001. Barnes, Patricia, Eve Powell-Griner, Kim McFann, and Richard L. Nahin. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among...

Everyday Life

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Jack Larkin

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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...life might soon be enacted in the virtual world. [ See also Automation and Computerization ; Automobiles ; Cities and Suburbs ; Clothing ; Communication Networks ; Consumption ; Electricity and Electrification ; Leisure ; Public Health ; Rural Life and Society ; Work ; and Working-Class Life and Society . ] bibliography Blassingame, John W. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South . Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979. Still the most comprehensive and insightful study of community, family, and ordinary life...

Poverty

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Michael B. Katz

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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...periodic illness, rather than long-term unemployment. In the best of times, they earned barely enough to feed and clothe a family, but seasonal labor demands, as well as shifts in the business cycle, often left them with no work at all. In and out of work, they alternated between bare self-sufficiency and dependence. Work-related accidents and sickness struck ordinary workers and their families frequently and with devastating impact. Because they had little or no insurance, a serious illness could devastate the capacity of families to support themselves; well...

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