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Pox Americana by Elizabeth A. Fenn


Pox Americana by Elizabeth A. Fenn

A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across North America when the War of Independence began. This work reveals how deeply this disease affected the outcome of the war in every colony and the lives of everyone on the continent. It shows how the disease devastated the American troops at Quebec and kept them at bay during the British occupation of Boston, and 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 made for a cascade of public health crises and heartbreaking human drama. This work shows how this tragedy was met and what its consequences were for the young republic.

About the Author

Elizabeth Fenn teaches history at Duke University in the United States of America. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Publication date

1st January 1980


Elizabeth A. Fenn

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Sutton Publishing Ltd an imprint of The History Press Ltd


320 pages


History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
History of medicine
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Social & cultural history
Diseases & disorders



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