Racism and the 19th Century Yellow Fever Epidemic in New Orleans
by Karin Wulf
Karin Wulf interviews Kathryn Olivarius about her new book on the social and racial factors that prolonged a contagious epidemic that may have killed as many as 150,000 people in New Orleans between 1803 and 1861.
SOURCE: Labor Online
The Contagion and a Cure
by Mark Lause
Mark Lause looks at the 1793 yellow fever pandemic in Philadelphia from a working class history perspective, and finds it informs us today.
SOURCE: Scientific American
Why History Urges Caution on Coronavirus Immunity Testing
The idea that people can gain privileged status by proving their immunity to a disease has troubling historical precedents, both in terms of social prejudices and public health outcomes.
SOURCE: Washington Post
During Epidemics, Media (and now Social Media) have Always Helped People to Connect
by David Paul Nord
For several hundred years, people have used media — reading, writing and print — to maintain human contact and community in times of epidemic disease.
Thomas Jefferson, Yellow Fever, and Land Planning for Public Health
by M. Andrew Holowchak
Although Thomas Jefferson was generally an anti-urbanist, he did offer insight into the role of land use in helping towns and cities control epidemics and promote public health.
SOURCE: The New York Times
The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege
by Kathryn Olivarius
We’ve seen what happens when people with immunity to a deadly disease are given special treatment. It isn’t pretty.
SOURCE: Creators Syndicate
Notes From the New Normal
by Jamie Stiehm
America is not immune to the world. We're all connected in "a single garment of destiny," as Martin Luther King Jr. wrote.
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