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When Heredity Met The Bacterium: Quarantines In New York And Danzig, 1898-1921, Gerd Korman
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[Excerpt] Recent careful examinations of American quarantines placed on incoming migrants have found that health officials were potent carries of bigotries rooted in the larger society; but usually historians have not paid sufficient attention to the complex challenges facing quarantine units in action. By examining the work of quarantine health officials dealing with migrating Jews from East Central Europe this analytical narrative seeks to show in detail important structural circumstances within which acts of bigotry manifested themselves between the 1890s and 1920s.
The narrative also has a larger agenda. Connections between public health quarantines and bio-cultural determinisms have long participated ...