Disease, Death, and Society in the Modern History of the Americas

0971P [CRN: 16702]

This seminar explores how disease has shaped the modern history of the Americas. From the epidemics of nineteenth-century New York and Buenos Aires that fed nativist anti-immigrant sentiment, to the imperial politics of yellow fever control under U.S.-occupied Cuba, to state responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Haiti and the U.S., disease has played a powerful role in shaping the history of our hemisphere. Together, we will explore ways of thinking about disease and public health as topics of historical inquiry, and examine how health politics have been shaped by processes of imperialism, sexuality, and racial and ethnic politics. FYS WRIT M
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