Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America

by Gail Jarrow

Third in a series highlighting early 20th-century disease, this fascinating account... read more

Third in a series highlighting early 20th-century disease, this fascinating account merges the chronology of medical advancement with the social, cultural, and political history of the Bubonic plague. Opening chapters describe early accounts of plague from 542 through the 1800s, and advances in plague research and vaccines. Much of the volume focuses on the plague’s arrival in San Francisco in 1900, and the efforts to contain its spread via quarantine, disposal of infected persons’ belongings, rat eradication, and vaccination, with racism and politics playing a large role in public perception of the threat. The final chapters address the more recent spread of plague into the American Southwest, as well as its current prevalence in Africa. Significant back matter includes FAQs, a timeline, glossary, further sources of information, and source notes. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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