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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, toxins 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 few emerging tide of the "diseases of darkness," in particular rickets and tuberculosis.

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

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