This one sparked my curiosity because in "The Great Influenza", Philadelphia is hit badly by the 1918 influenza epidemic. The book is wonderfully written with historical facts everywhere. An American Plague does just this. Also, the aspect of scentists battling an unknown disease with some unfortunate consequences. Murphy began reading a lot. This is an amazing informational read because although the character is fictional, there are tons of facts about the time period and plague that lead you to believe that this person could have possibly lived through this hectic time. YA nonfiction about the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.
I learned a fair number of new historical facts in this one and truly appreciated the research and concise presentation of the events surrounding the 1793 yellow fever epidemic as well as so many other epidemics of this disease which hit different cities in the States. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 I have to agree with other reviewers who say this is not for kids, even though it seems to have won some children book awards. As this book points out, yellow fever is at bay, but could be a disaster waiting to happen. It also sparked heated medical debate among the physicians (who knew very little about the disease). You live the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 through the eyes of a character who could quite possibly have lived through it.
Not only did it directly impact thousands of people, it also closed down the Federal gov't, resulting in a revision of some laws. The book describes the effects of the disease itself, and on the cIt's horrifying how many people have been killed because of mosquitoes. AN AMERICAN PLAGUE Author! This is an amazing informational read because although the character is fictional, there are tons of facts about the time period and plague that lead you to believe that this person could have possibly liveImagine living through a plague that's wiping out huge parts of the population around you, with nothing to stop it and no end in sight. Murphy paints a vivid picture of the yellow fever’s terror and hopelessness that crippled our nation’s capital and precipitated a Constitutional crisis.
It relates the medical practices of the day, such as blood-letting, the use of mercury and other remedies considered of questionable (at best) value today. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy is an informational text that brings the epidemic alive in …
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Murphy describes the horror of both the people involved in the plague and the disease itself. 0395776082 I had no idea that our nation was so shaped by this disease.
Jim Murphy G ro w in g u p in N ew Jersey, Jim M u rp h y d id n Õt read very much, until a teacher mentioned a forbidden book. After listening to this on audiobook, I have a hard time believing it was written for children. Published An American Plague does just this. I had no idea that for about 3 months the Federal government got shut down because of yellow fever. Can Congress be convened anywhere but at the capital?
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Not only did it directly impact thousands of people, it also closed down the Federal gov't, resulting in a revision of some laws. It looks like in this book Philadelphia was also badly hit in 1793 by the yellow fever epidemic. I didn't even notice that until now. The book is wonderfully written with historical facts everywhere.
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