9780465089864

The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465089864

  • ISBN10:

    0465089860

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-08-01
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

Many have written about the settling of early 19th century America, but until now no one has explored these settlers' self-consciousness about what they were doing, what "settling" and cultivating the land itself meant. In The Health of the Country, Conevery Valencius shows that assessments of the "sickliness" or "health" of land pervade settlers' letters, journals, newspapers, and literature--evidence of the common sense of another time, when land was believed to have intrinsic health characteristics and the human body was understood to be linked in intimate and intricate ways with similar balances in the surrounding world. Valencius focuses her research on the Arkansas and Missouri territories from the time of the Louisiana Purchase to the Civil War, capturing the excitement, romanticism, confusion, and anxiety of the frontier experience and revealing how these emotions were bound up with settlers' unique relationships with their land. This is a complex and rewarding book, a beautifully written, fresh account of the gritty details of American expansion, animated by the voices of the settlers themselves.

Author Biography

Conevery Bolton Valencius teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Healthy Country"p. 1
"Is it thriving & healthy?"
Sources
Making American Territory
"New Country"p. 15
"Wild" Land and "New"
Acclimation
The Literature of Settlement
"Movers" and "Improvers"
Early Arkansas and Missouri
Native Peoples
Emigration Stories, Black and White
Bodyp. 53
Medicine and the Demands of Health
Force and Flow
Blood
Intake and Outgo
"Risings" and Release
Derangement and Proper Management
Change
Chills and Fevers
Placesp. 85
"Place"
Telling the "Health of the Country"
Indoors and Out
Climate and Constitution
Movement
Airsp. 109
Reading the Air
Miasma
Smell
Counteraction
Disgust
Expertise and Common Knowledge
Change and the Perils of Human Action
Blurred Boundaries
Watersp. 133
Conduit
Blessing
Threat
Flood
Swamp
Sloughs of the Spirit
Wondrous Waters: Healing Springs
Local Knowledge: Medical Geography and the Intellectual Hinterlandp. 159
"On the Medical Topography of Saint Charles County, Mo."
Science of the Local
The Politics of Local Knowledge
Professional Anxieties of the Periphery
Regional Boosterism and Southern Medicine
The Uses of History
Models for Hinterland Practice
Cultivationp. 191
Agriculture as Material and Moral Imperative
Farm Work
Cultivation and Sense of Self
Fertility and Generation
Changes Wrought by Cultivation
Crisis
Racial Anxietyp. 229
Peoples and Places
Environmental Belonging
Vulnerability of the Racial Self
Blurred Boundaries
Proper Place: Free Black Identity
Mixedness and the Problem of Color
The Failure of Order
Conclusionp. 259
Afterwordp. 265
Archival Information and Abbreviationsp. 271
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 339
Permissionsp. 373
Indexp. 375
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