“Science in a Democracy”: The Contested Status of Vaccination in the Progressive Era and the 1920s

  title={“Science in a Democracy”: The Contested Status of Vaccination in the Progressive Era and the 1920s},
  author={J. Colgrove},
  pages={167 - 191}
  • J. Colgrove
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Isis
  • In the first decades of the twentieth century, a heterogeneous assortment of groups and individuals articulated scientific, political, and philosophical objections to vaccination. They engaged in an ongoing battle for public opinion with medical and scientific elites, who responded with their own counterpropaganda. These ideological struggles reflected fear that scientific advances were being put to coercive uses and that institutions of the state and civil society were increasingly expanding… CONTINUE READING
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    A 1912 publication of the Anti-Vaccination League of America listed regional directors in eight states
      About a dozen states at this time had laws authorizing the compulsory vaccination of the general population
        Arguments in Favor of the Jones-Tallett Amendment to the Public Health Law in Relation to Vaccination
        • The Life of Hermann M. Biggs (Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1929); on his use of compulsion and the politics of such policies see Daniel M. Fox
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        Box 369; the Railroad Administration's concern appears in Walker Hines to Blue
          Box 7, Folder "Does Health Work Pay?
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            For Higgins's ongoing efforts see Charles M. Higgins, Repeal of Compulsory Vaccination: Memorial to the Legislature and Governor of the State of New York (1909); and "Renew War on Vaccination
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