Disease and Discrimination: Poverty and Pestilence in Colonial Atlantic America (Paperback)

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Disease and discrimination are processes linked to class in the early American colonies. Many early colonists fell victim to mass sickness as Old and New World systems collided and new social, political, economic, and ecological dynamics allowed disease to spread.

Dale Hutchinson argues that most colonists, slaves, servants, and nearby Native Americans suffered significant health risks due to their lower economic and social status. With examples ranging from indentured servitude in the Chesapeake to the housing and sewage systems of New York to the effects of conflict between European powers, Hutchinson posits that poverty and living conditions, more so than microbes, were often at the root of epidemics.

About the Author


Dale L. Hutchinson is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of Foraging, Farming, and Coastal Biocultural Adaptation in Late Prehistoric North Carolina and Bioarchaeology of the Florida Gulf Coast: Adaptation, Conflict, and Change.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813064345
ISBN-10: 0813064341
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 268
Language: English