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The Province of Affliction: Illness and the Making of Early New England

Ben Mutschler


The Province of Affliction explores the surprising roles that illness played in shaping the foundations of New England society and government from the late seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century. Considered healthier than residents in many other regions of early America, and yet still riddled with disease, New Englanders grappled steadily with what could be expected of the sick and what allowances could be made to them and their providers. The book integrates the history of disease into the narrative of early American cultural and political development, illuminating the fragi ... More

Keywords: sickness, illness, disease, disability, dependency, household, social welfare, war, epidemic, poor relief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226714424
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226714561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Mutschler, author
Oregon State University