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By Daniel Freund

In the second one half the 19th century, American towns started to pass darkish. Hulking new constructions overspread blocks, pollutants obscured the skies, and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the solar. 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 transforming into nudist flow proffered treatments for America’s new darkish age. Architects, urban planners, and politicians made entry to daylight important to public housing and public well-being. and marketers, dairymen, and tourism boosters remodeled the pursuit of sun and its results right into a commodity. inside this ancient context, Freund sheds mild on very important questions on the commodification of future health and nature and makes an unique contribution to the histories of towns, consumerism, the surroundings, and medicine.

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