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Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South

WARD, Thomas J., Jr.

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ISBN 10: 1557287562 / ISBN 13: 9781557287564
Published by The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, 2003
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Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxiv, 368pp. Fine/near fine. Superb, tight first edition of this rather uncommon study, handsomely inscribed and signed by the author in black ballpoint on the half-title page: "For David & Theresa Kraemer, / An old friend from / St. Mary's and Annapolis. / All the best, / Tom Ward.". Bookseller Inventory # 37342

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Title: Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South

Publisher: The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this comprehensive account, Thomas J. Ward examines the development of the African American medical profession in the South. Under segregation, the white medical profession provided inadequate service at best to African American patients. Paradoxically, African Americans could gain financial success and upward mobility by becoming doctors themselves. Ward tracks the rise of African American medical schools, professional organizations, and hospitals. He also explores the difficulties that African American physicians faced as an elite group within a subjugated caste, and the many ways in which their education, prestige, and relative wealth put them at odds with the southern caste system. Within the black community, in turn, this prestige often pushed doctors into the public sphere as business leaders, civic spokesmen, and political activists.
Drawing on a variety of sources from oral histories to the records of professional organizations, this book illuminates the contradictions of race and class in the South and provides valuable new insight into class divisions within African American communities in the era of segregation.

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Thomas J. Ward Jr. is an assistant professor of history at Rockhurst University. He was the writer and co-producer of Mississippi Voices: A Trip through the Twentieth Century, a public radio program, and was an assistant editor for the Mississippi Oral History Project.

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