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Breathing Race into the MachineThe Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics$
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Lundy Braun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683574

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683574.001.0001

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Black Lungs and White Lungs

Black Lungs and White Lungs

The Science of White Supremacy in the Nineteenth-Century United States

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Breathing Race into the Machine
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Lundy Braun

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683574.003.0002

Chapter 2 explores the uptake of the spirometer in the U.S. where it was used to study racial difference in a large anthropometric study at the end of the Civil War. While Frederick Hoffman drew on this study to argue that blacks were not fit for freedom, black intellectuals vociferously contested the interpretation of the data.

Keywords:   Race and ethnicity, Genomics and health, Spirometry, Physical education, Anthropometry, Work-related disability, Coal workers pneumoconiosis, Silicosis, Race correction

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