10 Dec: Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar - Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah?

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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
5:15 PM

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.

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This sounds fascinating Katy! I wish I could attend. I am very interested in this topic, and just published an article about a Dakota girl in the 19th century that may employ similar innovative methods. Would love to share writing with you. My email is tspence@unm.edu.