S2- Episode 7 “Patent Medicines in the West” with Erin Adams

In this episode, graduate student Erin Adams joins Hollie Marquess to discuss the sale of patent medicines in the west and how they used Native American imagery to sell their potions. They also discuss how the Great British Bake Off relates to Turner’s theory of the West. 

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Selected Bibliography:

Primary Sources:

Adams, Samuel Hopkins. “If It’s Medical, It’s a Swindle.” New York Tribune. January 6, 1915, 74 edition, sec. 24,888. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1915-01-06/ed-1/seq-1/.

Louden’s Indian Expectorant. , ca. 1848. Photograph.


Glackens, L. M. , Artist. The Indian Medicine Show / L.M. Glackens. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, Puck Building, November 2. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2011647635/>.

“Kickapoo Indian Sagwa: Blood, Liver, Stomach and Kidney Renovator.” National Museum of American History. Accessed 2020. https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1296185.

Secondary Sources:

Burns, Stanley B., and Elizabeth A. Burns. “Wizard Oil patent medicine salesmen. (A Pictorial History of Healing).” Clinician Reviews, July 2002, 43. Gale Academic OneFile (accessed Spring, 2020). https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A90248517/AONE?u=klnb_fhsuniv&sid=AONE&xid=e7f78c7c

Biron, Gerry. “Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) participation in 19th century medicine shows.” Whispering Wind, August-September 2013, 6+. Gale Academic OneFile. https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.fhsu.edu/apps/doc/A347521927/AONE?u=klnb_fhsuniv&sid=AONE&xid=8dfc0ca3.

Rosenberg, John. 2012. “Barbarian Virtues in a Bottle: Patent Indian Medicines and the Commodification of Primitivism in the United States, 1870-1900.” Gender & History 24 (2): 368–88. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0424.2012.01687.x.

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