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Minding the MachineLanguages of Class in Early Industrial America$
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Stephen Rice

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227811

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227811.001.0001

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Mind and Body

Mind and Body

Popular Physiology and the Health of a Nation

(p.96) Chapter 4 Mind and Body
Minding the Machine

Stephen P. Rice

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on health and human physiology education in America during the 1800s. Like proponents of manual labor schools, writers and lecturers on health and physiology encouraged Americans to improve their bodies as well as their minds. They argued that a healthful state, which was necessary not only for personal happiness but for the important work of serving God and securing the nation, depended upon a balance among mental, moral and bodily functions. Many of the leading antebellum popular physiologists and health reformers also responded in various ways to the social tensions accompanying the market and manufacturing transformations of the period.

Keywords:   health, human physiology, America, manual labor schools, bodies, mind, social tensions, manufacturing transformations

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