Amazingly, after the treatment they'd received from the white community, the society agreed to serve as nurses to the vast number of whites who lay sick and abandoned in their homes. The story of this epidemic fever in 1793 Philadelphia is one of tragedy and of real, resounding personal heroism, of real fearful people whose terror of the dreaded yellow fever was enough to cause them to abandon family and friends, and of equally real people who girded themselves and nobly stayed the course, even at enormous personal risk to themselves and, in many cases, their loved ones. President Washington and his family were one of the first to flee the city when the epidemic began. Not only did it directly impact thousands of people, it also closed down the Federal gov't, resulting in a revision of some laws. By listening to this audio sample, students can focus on the sensory detail Murphy uses to make readers feel like they are walking the streets of Philadelphia. Instead it's about disease, and exposing kids to what medicine was like in the 1790's, and what life was like then, and how a group of African-Americans showed themselves to be just about the only decent people in a city being ravaged by disease, fear and paranoia and how these same decent people later got the shaft from cowardly white folk who ran to the hills as soon as they saw plague like things coming at them.
Jim Murphy's book feels more like historical fiction than a purely informational book. He is able to describe how horrid this period of time was for history with solid research and amazing facts. You live the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 through the eyes of a character who could quite possibly have lived through it. The city where the American Plague occurred. This book is fantastic for students to actually get involved in reading a nonfiction book. I was particularly glad that he spent a good deal of time on Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and the Free African Society.
While no one knows the exact number, it is estimated that around 5,000 men, women and children fell victim to the fever between August and December of 1793. Next, try this activity: Extra! Angelou starts by describing her graduation dress in great detail, underscoring her excitement and anticipation. I liked this book because it read more like a story than a textbook. Another example would be all of the many doctors, volunteers, and victims mentioned throughout the book, that usually only show up once or twice, but still contribute to the whole of the story Interesting, informative, readable. I think that the author did a fabulous job of framing the entire book as a mystery book of what was going on so that people would be more interested in reading about Colonial Times as well as the Yellow Fever Epidemic. The ship landed in the New World and thrived in the hot wet climate and on the white settlers. The book is wonderfully written with historical facts everywhere.
An American Plague is a fascinating and comprehensive historical account that contains information that should be of interest to nearly all readers. It's also not for the faint at heart or easily disturbed, as it's full of semi-graphic descriptions of the disease, unsanitary conditions, dead bodies, etc. It is written in a linear fashion, giving a specific date for each section as well as a newspaper clipping. President Washington and his family were one of the first to flee the city when the epidemic began. This nonfiction book, written by Jim Murphy, was a quick and fascinating read. I typically stay away from non-fiction.
Some cover the Philadelphia epidemic of 1793; among them are J. At the beginning of the book is a map of the city of Philadelphia, which outlines the different streets and locations referenced in the chapters. In 1648, a slave ship returning from Africa carried a few mosquitoes infected with a deadly virus know as yellow fever. He would often write letters to his beloved wife describing the needless deaths that occurred in the city daily. I knew about the plague because I've read Fever 1973 by Laurie Halse Anderson which is a fictionalized account of the event. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Another widespread epidemic would be fatal.
I was a little surprised at how vicious their arguments became, and how long lasting. In terms of appropriateness, the intended audience is middle to high school students yet there are quite a few stretches of pages where there is nothing but text. It contains pictures and illustrations, including pages from a list compiled of the dead. Rush decided to treat his patients with this possibly deadly serum. As they listen, ask students to pay attention to the different sights, smells, and sounds Murphy describes. Walter Reed was among this group and was the driving force to eradicating yellow fever.
The titles of the chapters could also be used as pre-reading activities with students to help them foreshadow and predict what might happen next. The plague no longer means equality, as it once did. Rush was coming down with the yellow fever. Murphy tells a griping tale with style and frank account of the good and bad that inhabits people when faced with such a terrifying situation. I didn't have a problem with this until the very end of the chapter when the author veers off the factual account and starts speculating about how terrible an outbreak of yellow fever in unprepared modern-day America would be. She also describes more recent outbreaks in Africa: yellow fever is making a frightening comeback despite the existence of a vaccine.
President Washington fled without any of his papers, essentially shutting down the federal government for months. The novel Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson complements the facts presented in this book. She explains how it feels to be discriminated and thought of as less than equal. His colleagues advised people against seeing him. Other doctors, experts and officials were reluctant to agree that the disease may have been yellow fever because the words alone could cause near panic. The city is hit with an incurable and unknown disease.
So be I have to admit that I learned some things from this book. The dramatics that resulted from the doctors' war of yellow fever theories add an intriguing and ever-present subplot to the book, and seem to affect almost everything that happens, to a certain extent. William Currie: Believed that the fever came from a shipment that came from the and claimed that it was not the yellow fever. At the beginning of the book is a map of the city of Philadelphia, which outlines the different streets and locations referenced in the chapters. Mayor Matthew Clarkson: The only government leader who stayed to deal with the issues that were going on in Philadelphia when the was taking place. Modern illustrations and pictures would not have added to the historical feel of the book. Book Reviews Sites with a book review or quick commentary on An American Plague The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy.