Book ID: CBB065443274

Yellow Fever, Race, and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (2017)


Willoughby, Urmi Engineer (Author)

Louisiana State University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 250 pp.
Language: English

The author examines yellow fever in New Orleans from 1796 to 1905. Linking local epidemics to the city's place in the Atlantic world, this resource analyzes how incidences of and responses to the disease grew out of an environment shaped by sugar production, slavery, and urban development. The author argues that transnational processes--including patterns of migration, industrialization, and imperialism--contributed to ecological changes that enabled yellow fever-carrying Aedes a�gypti mosquitoes to thrive and transmit the disease in New Orleans, challenging presumptions that yellow fever was primarily transported to the Americas on slave ships. The author then traces the origin and spread of medical and popular beliefs about yellow fever immunity, from the early nineteenth-century contention that natives of New Orleans were protected, to the gradual emphasis on race as a determinant of immunity, reflecting social tensions over the abolition of slavery around the world. As the nineteenth century unfolded, ideas of biological differences between the races calcified, even as public health infrastructure expanded, and race continued to play a central role in the diagnosis and prevention of the disease. State and federal governments began to create boards and organizations responsible for preventing new outbreaks and providing care during epidemics, though medical authorities ignored evidence of black victims of yellow fever. The author argues that American imperialist ambitions also contributed to yellow fever eradication and the

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Authors & Contributors
Espinosa, Mariola
Kathryn Olivarius
Trask, Benjamin H.
Dickerson, James L.
McKiven, Henry M., Jr.
Huffard, R. Scott, Jr.
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of American History
Journal of Southern History
Korean Journal of Medical History
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Journal of Medical Biography
Georgetown University
Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Prometheus Books
University of Chicago Press
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of California, Santa Cruz
Public health
Yellow fever
Disease and diseases
Infectious diseases
Mosquito (Insect)
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Rush, Benjamin
Pittaluga, Gustavo
Lee, Samuel H. P.
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
United States
New Orleans (Louisiana, U.S.)
Florida (U.S.)
United States. Public Health Service

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