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By Daniel Freund

In the second one 1/2 the 19th century, American towns started to cross darkish. Hulking new constructions overspread blocks, pollutants obscured the skies, and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the sunlight. medical professionals fed anxities approximately those new stipulations with claims a couple of emerging tide of the "diseases of darkness," particularly rickets and tuberculosis.

In American Sunshine, Daniel Freund  tracks the obsession with solar from these bleak days into the 20th century.  Before lengthy, social reformers, doctors, scientists, and a becoming nudist flow proffered treatments for America’s new darkish age. Architects, urban planners, and politicians made entry to daylight significant to public housing and public future health. and marketers, dairymen, and tourism boosters remodeled the pursuit of sun and its results right into a commodity. inside of this historic context, Freund sheds mild on very important questions about the commodification of health and wellbeing and nature and makes an unique contribution to the histories of towns, consumerism, the surroundings, and medicine.

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