The Woman's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church was active in evangelism in Alaska between the early 1880s and late 1930s. A central concern for the Society was the physical health of Alaska Natives. The Society missionaries argued that Native health suffered from both poor home life and a biological predisposition to illness. In order to remedy the illnesses, especially tuberculosis, Society missionaries sought to educate Native women in ‘proper’ mothering or attempted to remove children from Native communities.

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