Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah? Searching for an Indigenous Nurse in Local Government
Author: Gabriel J. Loiacono, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Comment: Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut
Tuesday 10 December
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who provided full-time nursing care to poor communities in early nineteenth-century Providence, RI. The only historical sources that describe Sarah’s work never provide her last name or details beyond the description “Indian.” So who was she, and how do we tell her story? Using sometimes patchy sources of non-elite people, the author hopes to gain new insights into social welfare history and explore how ordinary women made the poor law function.
The Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar invites you to join the conversation on Tuesday 19 November at 5:15 PM. Discussion is followed by a reception of light refreshments from 6:45-7:30 PM. Our sessions are free and open to everyone. Register to reserve your seat. Subscribers for the current year may now log in to access the paper for this session. All others who register will receive the paper by email the day before the seminar.
Want to receive advanced copies of seminar papers? Become a subscriber!
Questions? Email email@example.com.