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Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819660.001.0001

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Stories from Philadelphia and Memphis

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(p.379) 17 Yellow Fever
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Epidemics
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Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198819660.003.0018

As measured by mass evacuation of cities, yellow fever provoked more fear and panic than any other epidemic disease in US history. This chapter concentrates on two of the most devastating epidemics in US history, yellow fever in Philadelphia in 1793 and in Memphis in 1878. Despite different times, medical ideas, and cultural horizons, their socio-psychological effects were similar: they began in chaos and with acrimony, but quickly sentiments turned, sparking abnegation and compassion that united these cities across ethnic, class, and racial boundaries. In both cities, the protagonists of the new waves of compassion were young men, and in Memphis yellow fever relief centred on established men’s social clubs as well as creating new ones.

Keywords:   yellow fever, models of disease, panic, abandonment, mass migration, Philadelphia (1793), New Orleans (1853), Memphis (1878), men’s clubs, martyrs

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