History of Health and Social Movements in the United States

History 103S.002

Spring 2014
Day & Time: 
Tu 10-12P

This course addresses the intersection of health and social movements in America from the early 19th century to the present. We will explore the historical role of health movements and social movements, their relationship with medical theory, politics, religion, culture, and economics, how American movements mobilized, co-evolved, and changed over time, and the role of women and minority groups in health and social movements. Students will be introduced to the theories that historians of health and sociologists use to analyze the rise, growth, and decline or change of health and social movements including resource mobilization, abeyance, spillover, and protest cycles. Topics will include feminism in the 19th and 20th century, abolition, utopias, temperance, asylum and hospital reform, the pure food movement, settlement houses, eugenics, birth control and reproductive rights, environmentalism, healthism, and disability rights.

Course Books

Into our own hands : the women's health movement in the United States, 1969-1990 by Morgen, Sandra Rutgers University Press. ISBN: 9780813530710 Required
On the pill : a social history of oral contraceptives, 1950-1970 by Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 9780801868214 Required
In the name of eugenics : genetics and the uses of human heredity by Kevles, Daniel J Harvard University Press. ISBN: 9780674445574 Required
Sobering up : from temperance to prohibition in antebellum America, 1800-1860 by Tyrrell, Ian R Greenwood Press. ISBN: 9780313208225 Required
Hydropathic Highway to Health: Women and Water-Cure in Antebellum America by Donegan, Jane B Greenwood Press. ISBN: 9780313238161 Required
Sex, Diet, and Debility in Jacksonian America: Sylvester Graham and Health Reform by Nissenbaum, Stephen Greenwood Press. ISBN: 9780313214158 Required
Freedom's Ferment - Phases of American Social History to 1860 by Alice Felt Tyler Case Press. ISBN: 9781406706949 Required