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“Infanticide in Chicago”: Sarah Coffman at the Student Symposium
History major Sarah Coffman (’21) shared her historical research in her presentation “Infanticide in Chicago, 1870-1910.”
Over the last year, working as a research assistant for Dr. Rudi Batzell, Sarah combed through 108 volumes of the Coroner’s Inquest Court of Cook County archival records to record, code, and analyze 1,270 infant deaths that were deemed suspicious. This foundation allowed her to understand the prevalence and nature of infanticide in Chicago from the 1870s to the 1910s, and, using other sources like newspaper records, helped her understand changes in how mothers, doctors, the legal system, and social reformers understood the practice of infanticide. Congratulations to Sarah for her compelling presentation!