An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
- Murphy, Jim, 1947-
- New York : Clarion Books, c2003.
- Physical description
- 165 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
RA644 .Y4 M875 2003
- Unknown RA644 .Y4 M875 2003
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-153) and index.
- 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."
- 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.
- Supplemental links
Contributor biographical information
- Yellow fever > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > History > 18th century > Juvenile literature.
- Yellow fever > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > History > 18th century.
- Pennsylvania > History > 1775-1865.
- Pennsylvania > History > 1775-1865 > Juvenile literature.
- American Library Association Best Books for YA 2004; American Library Association Notable Children's Bk 2004; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award 2004; Newbery Honors 2004; Notable Children's Trade Book/Social Studies 2004; Obis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for C 2004; Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2004; Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2004; School Library Journal Best Books 2003
- Juvenile materials.
- Publication date
- by Jim Murphy.