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Julia Betchart

1st Place

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, 2019

Part of a well-rounded research paper, in my opinion, is including primary sources from multiple perspectives.

Julia Betchart

Caduceus and the Cross: The Influence of Evangelical Christianity on Health Practices in the American South, 1800-1860

Independent research project for History 103: Topics in History Research—Nineteenth-Century Southern Women

Read Julia’s Paper (pdf)

Project Description

Betchart wrote about the influence of evangelical Christianity on health and medical practices in the American South from 1800 to 1860. An 1863 medical guide that she discovered early in her library research process helped narrow her focus. With support from her professor and the library’s subject specialist in history, Betchart explored a wide range of books, articles and primary sources, including 19th-century sermons, medical college lectures, homeopathic journals and an interview with a former slave from the 1930s about folk remedies and superstition.

In Their Own Words

Read Julia’s reflective essay from their Lang Prize application.