An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
1793, Philadelphia. The nation's 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... show more
1793, Philadelphia. The nation's 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 city's 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 Philadelphia's 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 fever's 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 nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.
Publish date: June 23rd 2003
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages no: 165
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Middle Grade
, American History
This is another really good children's nonfiction book. It's easy to read, easy to understand and very factual at the same time. The disgusting premise of yellow fever and the prominent death that goes along with it will definitely intrigue children. It's 1793 in Philadelphia and a mysterious kil...
Boring, simplistic, not well organized....even unclear. I hope it is not given to children to read.
There is a definite possibility that this is my favorite Newbery Honor-ed nonfiction book because I have been a "disease junkie" since I was about seven years old. (Not a hypochondriac, though I am one of those as well.) Medical dictionaries and the Discovery Health channel were my best friends. So ...
Ok, so I'm on a roll here reading about disease and epidemics! This one sparked my curiosity because in "The Great Influenza", Philadelphia is hit badly by the 1918 influenza epidemic. It looks like in this book Philadelphia was also badly hit in 1793 by the yellow fever epidemic. Gotta read it t...