The Knowledge Center is pleased to host Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine, a traveling exhibit of the National Library of Medicine. This exhibit features the (often overlooked) participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers. Their work during this time challenged the notions of race and gender.
Dr. Margaret Humphreys, distinguished historian, and Josiah Charles Trent, Professor at Duke University, will also present a lecture on May 10, 5:30pm. Light refreshments.
- Learn about professionalization of physicians and nurses in the Civil War era. Understand the role of education, licensing, and public recognition in determining who had the right and opportunity to claim expertise in these fields.
- Become aware of how African Americans “leveraged” their medical roles in order to gain greater respect and civil rights in the maelstrom of the Civil War, abolitionism, and reconstruction (and the limitations of their success in this endeavor).
- Identify the ways in which historical stories can buttress group identity and pride, and explore the challenges to objectivity that such usage can create.
- Explore the ways in which war changes medical practice and recruits new caregivers into medicine at a time of emergency.
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