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American SunshineDiseases of Darkness and the Quest for Natural Light$
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Daniel Freund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226262819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226262833.001.0001

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Popular Enthusiasms

Popular Enthusiasms

Eugenists, Nudists, Builders, Modern Mothers, and the Sun Cult

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American Sunshine
University of Chicago Press

This chapter reports how the news that sunlight was important to welfare brought all sorts of Americans together in a quest for health. The battle against darkness was not simply a campaign for a well America. Darkness was a troubling problem for a truly modern nation, and specifically was a critical danger. But it would help identify the fate of the nation. Sun therapy could develop a stronger people, and the United States could become a country of relative weaklings. It is observed that Federal Housing Administration's commitment to sunlight saw social benefits in sunlight. Nudism sold a new mode of living, rejecting modern as artificial and hoping followers would turn themselves over to a more natural way of life. Sunshine had become an expensive commodity, just the sort of inequity that tenement reformers had argued against.

Keywords:   sunlight, health, America, darkness, sun therapy, nudism, sunshine, Federal Housing Administration

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