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Pox Americana : The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 - 01 edition

by Elizabeth A. Fenn

Pox Americana : The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 (ISBN10: 080907821X; ISBN13: 9780809078219)
ISBN13: 978-0809078219
ISBN10: 080907821X

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0809078202
ISBN10: 0809078201

Summary: A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across North America when the War of Independence began, and until now we have known almost nothing about it. Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply Variola affected the outcome of the war in every colony and the lives of everyone on the continent. Her remarkable research shows us how the disease devastated the American troops at Quebec and kept them at bay during the British occupation of Boston, ...show moreand how it ravaged slaves in Virginia who had escaped to join the British forces. During the terrible winter at Valley Forge, General Washington had to decide if and when to attempt the risky inoculation of his troops.

The destructive, desolating power of smallpox made for a cascade of public-health crises and heartbreaking human drama. Fenn's innovative work shows how this megatragedy was met and what its consequences were for the young republic. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Published: 10/28/2002
International: No

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