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"Say Anarcha: A Young Woman, a Devious Surgeon, and the Harrowing Birth of Modern Women's Health"

Aired on Thursday, June 8th.
Aired on Thursday, June 8th.

"Rigorous and innovative.... Hallman successfully transforms Anarcha from historical object to subject, and shines a light on the contentious rise of medical ethics in the 19th century. It's a must-read." -- Publishers Weekly

Our guest is J.C. Hallman, who's published several works of nonfiction as well as a collection of short stories -- and who's been a recipient of fellowships from both the McKnight Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Hallman joins us to discuss his newest book, which is -- as noted by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative -- an "extremely well-researched account of the life of an enslaved Black woman [whose biography] changes the historical narrative surrounding J. Marion Sims and engages us in a sober reckoning over the legacy of slavery, medical experimentation, and gynecology. This extraordinary book forces us to recognize that 'Anarcha' is a name we should say, remember, and reflect upon as we still contend with a history of racial injustice." And further, per Kirkus Reviews: "A staggeringly researched book that serves as an indictment of Sims' hubris and an homage to Anarcha."

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