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Lecture - O.O. Howard and African American Mutual Aid During Reconstruction

  • 4/25/2013 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Location: Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture - O.O. Howard and African American Mutual Aid During Reconstruction

Gretchen Long, Associate Professor of History at Williams College

During the Civil War and the earliest years of Freedom, African Americans-soldiers, laborers, women, and children suffered from remarkably high rates of disease and death. War and displacement largely destroyed systems of medical care and public health that slaves had relied on during the Antebellum era. Gretchen Long describes the various creative ways that African Americans went about securing medical care and advocating for themselves and their families. In correspondence with government officials, army officers and negotiations with former masters, freedpeople tried, with mixed success to gain admission to hospitals and access to doctors and medicines. Long will discuss exchanges between African Americans and O.O. Howard, Bowdoin class of 1850 and Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau. 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sponsored by Africana Studies, History, and the Russwurm Lectures Fund