Scratching the Itch: The role of venereal disease in the settling of the American West

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dc.contributor.author Edgar, Joshua, D.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-18T21:33:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-18T21:33:20Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/38166
dc.description.abstract For many, the frontier conjures up pictures of cowboys and shootouts. However, for those who lived through the frontier period, the picture was painted with a much bleaker brush. The constant threat of venereal disease played a major role in shaping the frontier. Whether it be through its drain on the military, its widespread effect on the national social fabric, or its rapid decimation of communities, sexually transmitted diseases were major factors in how people made decisions and where they settled. Venereal diseases can also be used to isolate and then extrapolate the changing moral landscape of both the frontier and America at the change of the 20th century. In the broad spectrum, the study of venereal diseases can be used a tool to expand our knowledge of not only the medical field, but can also develop our understanding of how modern attitudes regarding sexually transmitted infections were influenced by the past.
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Dept. of History
dc.rights © 2017 Edgar. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).
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dc.subject Venereal
dc.subject Morality
dc.subject Prostitution
dc.subject Military
dc.subject Frontier
dc.title Scratching the Itch: The role of venereal disease in the settling of the American West
dc.type Text
dc.description.advisor Dr. Heather McCrea
dc.date.published 2017
dc.citation.epage 29
dc.citation.spage 1
dc.contributor.authoreid jdedgar
dc.description.course History 586: Advanced Seminar in History
dc.contributor.kstate Edgar, Joshua, D.


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