The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land
A vivid history of American western expansion, this title captures the excitement and romanticism of the frontier experience as well as another, lesser-known reality of settling: how terrifying the untamed wilderness of the West was to its homesteaders. In a time when good health was tantamount to perfectly balanced humors, settlers thought that the wild extremes of the borderlands disrupted the delicate equilibrium of their bodies. Conevery Bolton Valencius is the first historian to address how central this fear was to frontier life. Settlers' primary concern was to save themselves from the painful, fatal, or disabling ailments that are as much a part of American history as cowboys and wagon trains. This is a fresh account of the gritty details of American expansion, animated by the voices of the settlers themselves.
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This book is based on the author's Harvard dissertation, which won the 1999 Allan Nevins Prize. (Valencius is currently on the history faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis.) While ... Read full review
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Page 351 - This book points out, in plain language, free from doctors' terms, the diseases of men, women, and children, and the latest and most approved means used in their cure, and is intended expressly for the benefit of families in the western and southern states.