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The Lessons Of Typhoid Mary

By Andy Soth/WisContext

Many people have heard of Typhoid Mary, but far fewer know the name Mary Mallon. For those familiar with the story of the actual person who would become known as an infamous spreader of disease, though, the name Judith Walzer Leavitt might also ring a bell.

Leavitt's 1995 book, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public Health, tells the story of Mallon, an Irish immigrant cook in New York and asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever who was involuntarily quarantined and spent years in isolation during the early 20th century. The questions raised through Leavitt's examination of the media, the legal system and public health officials' reactions to a woman charged with being a "Menace to the Community" remain to this day.

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Posted on May 28, 2020

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

The Lessons Of Typhoid Mary

By Andy Soth/WisContext
The questions raised through an examination of the media, the legal system and public health officials' reactions to a woman charged with being a "Menace to the Community" remain to this day.

Posted on May 28, 2020

Digital Rights During The Pandemic

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation
No matter who you are, this collection will likely be relevant to your understanding of the pandemic and society's response to it.

Posted on May 26, 2020

Why Science Denialism Persists

By Elizabeth Svoboda/Undark
Galileo, GMOs and COVID-19.

Posted on May 25, 2020

Honoring Four Of Harlem's Historic Voices

By The U.S. Postal Service
With a nod to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the U.S. Postal Service today is issuing new postage stamps honoring the lives and legacies of four of the movement's greatest voices: novelist Nella Larsen; writer, philosopher, educator and arts advocate Alain Locke; bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; and poet Anne Spencer.

Posted on May 21, 2020

China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey Are World's Worst Jailers Of Writers

By PEN America
At least 238 writers, academics, and public intellectuals were imprisoned or held in detention in 2019, facing often brutal treatment and baseless charges.

Posted on May 20, 2020

Fang Fang's Wuhan Diary

By Meng Xia/The Conversation
A personal account of public memory and national trauma.

Posted on May 19, 2020

Embracing Open Science Publishing In A Crisis

By Rory Mir/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Thankfully, major commercial publishers such as Elsevier and Springer have already announced that they will drop their paywalls on coronavirus research. Now let's get everyone else on board.

Posted on May 14, 2020

The Labor Plays Of Manny Fried

By SIU Press
From red-baiting to blacklisting.

Posted on May 12, 2020

The Loss Of Normality

By Dan Falk/Undark
Something very close to freedom.

Posted on May 8, 2020

Reopening Books

By David Rutter
This is a warning to my local library: I am coming. I am coming very soon.

Posted on May 5, 2020

Covering Kent State

By Mission Point Press
With a comment on local news from Steve Rhodes.

Posted on May 4, 2020

Immigrants And Epidemics

By Dan Falk/Undark
Throughout our history, one of the themes of American xenophobia has been fear of the foreign-born because they are disease-bringers to the United States.

Posted on April 24, 2020

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