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Popular Enthusiasms

in American Sunshine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226262819
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226262833 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226262833.003.0005
Popular Enthusiasms

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This chapter reports how the news that sunlight was important to welfare brought all sorts of Americans together in a quest for health. The battle against darkness was not simply a campaign for a well America. Darkness was a troubling problem for a truly modern nation, and specifically was a critical danger. But it would help identify the fate of the nation. Sun therapy could develop a stronger people, and the United States could become a country of relative weaklings. It is observed that Federal Housing Administration's commitment to sunlight saw social benefits in sunlight. Nudism sold a new mode of living, rejecting modern as artificial and hoping followers would turn themselves over to a more natural way of life. Sunshine had become an expensive commodity, just the sort of inequity that tenement reformers had argued against.

Keywords: sunlight; health; America; darkness; sun therapy; nudism; sunshine; Federal Housing Administration

Chapter.  15572 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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