Colonizing leprosy: imperialism and the politics of public health in the United States

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University of North Carolina Press, Sep 10, 2007 - History - 280 pages
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By comparing institutions in Hawai'i and Louisiana designed to incarcerate individuals with a highly stigmatized disease, Colonizing Leprosy provides an innovative study of the complex relationship between U.S. imperialism and public health policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on the Kalaupapa Settlement in Moloka'i and the U.S. National Leprosarium in Carville, Michelle Moran shows not only how public health policy emerged as a tool of empire in America's colonies, but also how imperial ideologies and racial attitudes shaped practices at home.

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Creating a Colonial Disease
Sacred Duties Public Spaces
Institutionalizing American Leprosy

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Michelle T. Moran teaches in the Core Humanities Program and the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno.