Ep. 15 Doctoring Women: The Healers and Resistors in Plantation Sickcare
As diseases like typhoid, diphtheria and tuberculosis ran rampant through Antebellum America, it was the enslaved Black women that carried out most of the sickcare on plantations in the South. This week, we dive into plantation sickcare and the women that made it possible. From the last rung of the social totem pole in which they diligently worked, to the remarkable care and treatment they provided all of their patients, these women were true doctors of their time yet barely known for it. Learn about their incredible contributions to medicine and the art of healing, and join us for our Feminist Corner discussion about “hood feminism” and its juxtaposition to “white feminism" as we analyze this topic together!Check out our Feminist Corner discussion questions after listening and send us your thoughts! Did you notice any similarities between enslaved women’s doctoring practices and medicine today? What are some roles you think white female healthcare providers have now in the health of Black patients and families?