January 29, 2024

Focusing on the theme of “Medical History,” the most recent issue of The American Historian is now available. The issue features three essays on medical history. Jonathan S. Jones examines opioid addiction in the years following the Civil War and finds racism the cause of overprescription among white veterans and under-prescription among African Americans. Jamie Marsella explores the influence eugenics exerted in prenatal care in the early twentieth century. The final feature by Jiemin Tina Wei explores how best to teach medical history, especially history related to Do-It-Yourself gynecology and reproductive care in the wake of the Dobbs decision. 

The issue also contains articles on how to best teach the history of nonviolence during the civil rights movement, how U.S. history is taught in French classrooms, and the President’s column by OAH President Anthea Hartig. 

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