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Plague and FireBattling Black Death and the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown$
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James C. Mohr

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.001.0001

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December's Debates and “a Sad Christmas Present”

December's Debates and “a Sad Christmas Present”

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(p.69) 6 December's Debates and “a Sad Christmas Present”
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Plague and Fire
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.003.0007

The quarantine policy stirred personal rivalries and fanned dissension among members of the Hawaiian Medical Society, not all of whom believed that bacteriology could prove the presence of bubonic plague. Through their newspaper Ke Aloha Aina, Hawaiians joined Chinese and Japanese in protesting the policy. When no deaths followed the initial wave, the Board of Health lifted the quarantine, only to re-impose it as a result of several deaths on Christmas day, 1899.

Keywords:   Hawaiian Medical Society, Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese, Ke Aloha Aina, Board of Health, bacteriology, bubonic plague

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