An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 / by Jim Murphy

Author(s): Murphy, Jim, 1947-
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Subjects: Yellow fever--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--18th century--Juvenile literature
Yellow fever--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--18th century
Pennsylvania--History--1775-1865
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Juvenile, Pre-adolescent (9-13 years old)
Published: New York : Clarion Books, c2003
LC Classification: R, RA
Physical Description: 165 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2002151355
ISBN: 0395776082
Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-153) and index
Summary: It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics
Contents: No one noticed -- "All was not right" -- Church bells tolling -- Confusion, distress, and utter desolation -- "It was our duty" -- The prince of bleeders -- "By twelve only" -- "This unmerciful enemy" -- "A delicate situation" -- Improvements and the public gratitude -- "A modern-day time bomb."
OCLC Number: 50958941
ISBN/ISSN: 0395776082