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Health in the CityRace, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930$
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Tanya Hart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001

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Migration and the City

Migration and the City

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Health in the City

Tanya Hart

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the sociological, literary and cultural aspects of life that African American, British West Indian, and Southern Italian women encountered and created after coming to New York City. These women often had parallel and overlapping reasons for their migrations and competed for housing, services, and even prospective sexual mates. In addition, the chapter reconstructs how these poor and working-class women dealt with the vagaries of daily urban living—abandonment, poor health, caring for their children, work, and abandonment—by using census and sociological data from the 1910s and 1920s and Community Organization Society social work interviews of women who lived in Columbus Hill and the Mulberry District.

Keywords:   African American women, British West Indian women, Southern Italian women, New York City, Community Organization Society

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