2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Infanticide in Chicago, 1870-1910

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Sarah Coffman, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

History

Location

Lillard 044

Abstract

This project explores findings from a major data collection effort from the records of the Coroner’s Inquest Court of Cook County. The 108 volumes of the Coroner’s Inquests records were reviewed to record, code, and analyze 1,270 infant deaths that were deemed suspicious. The project uses this quantitative foundation to examine the prevalence and nature of infanticide in Chicago from the 1870s to the 1910s, asking why mothers chose to kill or abandon infants. It also uses broader qualitative evidence to examine changes in how doctors, the legal system, and social reformers understood the practice of infanticide.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2019 10:15 AM

Panel

Histories from Below: Gender, Power, Poverty

Panel Moderator

Rudi Batzell

Field of Study for Presentation

Economics, History, Social Justice, Urban Studies, Women's and Gender Studies

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Apr 9th, 9:00 AM Apr 9th, 10:15 AM

Infanticide in Chicago, 1870-1910

Lillard 044

This project explores findings from a major data collection effort from the records of the Coroner’s Inquest Court of Cook County. The 108 volumes of the Coroner’s Inquests records were reviewed to record, code, and analyze 1,270 infant deaths that were deemed suspicious. The project uses this quantitative foundation to examine the prevalence and nature of infanticide in Chicago from the 1870s to the 1910s, asking why mothers chose to kill or abandon infants. It also uses broader qualitative evidence to examine changes in how doctors, the legal system, and social reformers understood the practice of infanticide.