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Master of Arts (MA)

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Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



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Dr. Kathryn Newfont


During the period from 1883-1914, the Kentucky State Board of Health developed strategies for preventing disease in the state by enforcing hard power measures of vaccination, quarantine, and isolation of disease suspects, and through the soft power measures of written and spoken communication. Throughout this period their efforts to prevent and contain disease were limited by inadequate funding as well as opposition from the public, local authorities, and the state legislature, demonstrating that while hard power measures can be effective in combating disease, they cannot be fully successful without support from the people they aim to protect.

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Funding Information

This research was supported by the Robert Lipman Award from 2018-2020. It was also supported by the Wimberly C. Royster Graduate Excellence Award from 2018-2020.