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Health in the City: Race, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930

Tanya Hart


Shortly after the dawn of the twentieth century, the New York City Department of Health decided to address what it perceived as the racial nature of health. It delivered heavily racialized care in different neighborhoods throughout the city: syphilis treatment among African Americans, tuberculosis for Italian Americans, and so on. It was a challenging and ambitious program, dangerous for the providers, and troublingly reductive for the patients. Nevertheless, poor and working-class African American, British West Indian, and Southern Italian women all received some of the nation's best health c ... More

Keywords: New York City Department of Health, racialized care, African Americans, Italian Americans, British West Indians, Southern Italians, urban black health care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya Hart, author