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Lessons From Slavery: Malnutrition and Rickets Stunt Children’s Growth

Here’s an interesting article about research that attempted to figure out exactly why Black children’s growth was so badly stunted in the 19th century United States. It concluded that most of the stunting was due to general malnutrition. The growth of some dark-skinned children, especially in the northern states, could also have been limited by shortages of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.