American Plague The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic Of 1793

ISBN-10: 0395776082

ISBN-13: 9780395776087

Edition: 2003 (Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc.)

Authors: Jim Murphy
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Description: 1793, Philadelphia. The nations capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . . In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the citys residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphias free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city-and all his papers-while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fevers causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege. Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nations birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/23/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.74" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

No One Noticed
"All Was Not Right"
Church Bells Tolling
Confusion, Distress, and Utter Desolation
"It Was Our Duty"
The Prince of Bleeders
"By Twelve Only"
"This Unmerciful Enemy"
"A Delicate Situation"
Improvements and the Public Gratitude
"A Modern-Day Time Bomb"
Sources
Acknowledgments
A Note About the Illustrations
Index
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