Tag: Medicine

Turlington’s Balsam of Life: Colonial American Snake Oil?

Andrew Abbott // AMH 4110.0M01 – Colonial America, 1607-1763 It is 1761 in Fairfax County, Virginia. You feel a pain in your abdomen that will not go away. What can you do to make the pain go away? You can go see a physician to get your ailment diagnosed and treated, if you can afford it. Alternatively, you […]

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Slave Consumption

Glenmore Bachman // AMH 4110.0M01 – Colonial America, 1607-1763 At the Glassford and Henderson Colchester store (1760-1761) in Fairfax County, Virginia, evidence of slaves in the records was mostly through indirect mentions (“by your negro wench”) or by the purchase of items used mostly by those enslaved (osnaburg, a fabric used to make clothing). Negro […]

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