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Rutgers University Press
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Though notorious for its polluted air today, the city of Los Angeles once touted itself as a health resort. After the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in 1876, publicists launched a campaign to portray the city as the promised land, circulating countless stories of miraculous cures for the sick and debilitated. As more and more migrants poured in, however, a gap emerged between the city’s glittering image and its dark reality.

            Emily K. Abel shows how the association of the disease with “tramps” during the 1880s and 1890s and Dust Bowl refugees during the 1930s provoked exclusionary measures against both groups. In addition, public health officials sought not only to restrict the entry of Mexicans (the majority of immigrants) during the 1920s but also to expel them during the 1930s. 

            Abel’s revealing account provides a critical lens through which to view both the contemporary debate about immigration and the U.S. response to the emergent global tuberculosis epidemic.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1: Pestilence in the Promised Land
  2. pp. 5-28
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  1. Chapter 2: Strategies of Exclusion
  2. pp. 29-38
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  1. Chapter 3: Creating a Tuberculosis Program
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. Chapter 4: “Outsiders”
  2. pp. 61-76
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  1. Chapter 5: Slashing Services in the Great Depression
  2. pp. 77-85
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  1. Chapter 6: Expelling Mexicans and Filipinos
  2. pp. 86-107
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  1. Chapter 7: “Agitation over the Migrant Issue”
  2. pp. 108-124
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  1. Chapter 8: Fighting TB in Black Los Angeles
  2. pp. 125-136
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 137-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-188
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 189-190
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