Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

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The Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine Exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is coming to Taubman Health Sciences Library from July 22, 2013 to August 31, 2013!

With a nation divided, the American Civil War was a war to preserve the Union. For African Americans, it was a fight for freedom and a chance for full participation in American society. As all Americans sought ways to participate and contribute to the war effort for the Union, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks, and laborers. Their participation challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America.

This Illustration of an African American man assisting a medical officer on the battlefield, Harper's Weekly, August 20, 1864 Courtesy Harper's Weekly is just one of many interesting images from the exhibit.

 Illustration of an African American man assisting a medical officer on the battlefield, Harper’s Weekly, August 20, 1864 Courtesy Harper’s Weekly

Check out the exhibit online for some cool activities and further educational resources.

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