By Jim Murphy
1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the most important urban in North the USA is devastated by way of an it seems that incurable disorder, reason unknown . . .
In a robust, dramatic narrative, severely acclaimed writer Jim Murphy describes the ailment referred to as yellow fever and the toll it took at the city's citizens, touching on the epidemic to the main social and political occasions of the day and to 18th-century clinical ideals and practices. Drawing on first-hand money owed, Murphy spotlights the heroic function of Philadelphia's loose blacks in fighting the ailment, and the Constitutional obstacle that President Washington confronted while he was once compelled to go away the city—and all his papers—while escaping the lethal contagion. the quest for the fever's reasons and medication, now not came upon for greater than a century in a while, presents a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting actual tale of a urban lower than siege.
An American Plague's various awards comprise a Sibert Medal, a Newbery Honor, and designation as a countrywide publication Award Finalist. completely researched, generously illustrated with attention-grabbing archival prints, and unflinching in its dialogue of scientific information, this booklet deals a glimpse into the stipulations of yank towns on the time of our nation's start whereas drawing well timed parallels to modern day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.
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