“Part of a well-rounded research paper, in my opinion, is including primary sources from multiple perspectives.”
Betchart wrote about the influence of evangelical Christianity on health and medical practices in the American South from 1800-1860. An 1863 medical guide that she discovered early in her library research process helped narrow her focus. With support from her professor and the library’s subject specialist in History, she explored a wide range of books, articles and primary sources, including 19th-century sermons, medical college lectures, homeopathic journals and an interview with a former slave from the 1930s about folk remedies and superstition.
In Her Own Words
Read Julia’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.