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African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900–1965

African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900–1965 226 Book Reviews African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900–1965 By Phoebe Ann Pollitt (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016) (240 pages; $35.00 softcover) The historiography of American nursing largely privileges the work and influ - ence of white middle-class women. Hence, Pollitt’s study African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia is a much-needed contribution to the field and adds to the ongoing efforts by scholars of various disciplines - to chal lenge the race, gender, and class power structures that have traditionally informed the production and interpretation of American history. Pollitt uses a descriptiv e design to chronicle the professional struggle of African American and Eastern Band Cherokee Indian (EBCI) women to access nurse training, employment, and authority in the face of systemic racism and discrimination. Despite extreme social, economic, and health inequities, Pollitt contends that “Appalachian African American nurses, working with other African Ameri - can healthcare professionals, various community leaders and occasional white allies, provided health care, managed nursing schools, and built professional nursing organizations throughout the Jim Crow era” (p. 1). The study is broad in time and place and includes the role of key actors, institutions, and civil rights http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900–1965

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2018

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.26.1.226
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226 Book Reviews African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900–1965 By Phoebe Ann Pollitt (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016) (240 pages; $35.00 softcover) The historiography of American nursing largely privileges the work and influ - ence of white middle-class women. Hence, Pollitt’s study African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia is a much-needed contribution to the field and adds to the ongoing efforts by scholars of various disciplines - to chal lenge the race, gender, and class power structures that have traditionally informed the production and interpretation of American history. Pollitt uses a descriptiv e design to chronicle the professional struggle of African American and Eastern Band Cherokee Indian (EBCI) women to access nurse training, employment, and authority in the face of systemic racism and discrimination. Despite extreme social, economic, and health inequities, Pollitt contends that “Appalachian African American nurses, working with other African Ameri - can healthcare professionals, various community leaders and occasional white allies, provided health care, managed nursing schools, and built professional nursing organizations throughout the Jim Crow era” (p. 1). The study is broad in time and place and includes the role of key actors, institutions, and civil rights

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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