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Yellow Fever Epidemic in Biloxi, 1853
A review of the impact of the 1853 Yellow Fever epidemic on the community of Biloxi, Mississippi.
# 129274 | 1,500 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in History (U.S. Before 1865)

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The paper explores the historical legacy of the Yellow Fever epidemic and of all the epidemics which ravaged the nineteenth century southeastern United States. The paper shows how there is a paucity of information available about the 1853 attack, but asserts that we know enough about the impact of the disease elsewhere, and about its behavior in places like New Orleans, Memphis and throughout the Mississippi delta, to arrive at some tentative conclusions about what took place in Biloxi just a few short years before the outbreak of the Civil War. The paper also notes that because a fairly considerable amount of material has been devoted to the much more famous 1878 epidemic that also devastated Mississippi, the careful student can deduce what must have been unfolding in Biloxi twenty-five years earlier. The paper aims to demonstrate how the shape and tenor of American life (in the Deep South) during the nineteenth century was shaped in part by a pathogen that modern science has mostly brought under control.

From the Paper:

"In nineteenth century America, there were few things more terrifying than a Yellow Fever epidemic. The insidiousness of the disease, its ability to spread rapidly and the seeming inability of health officials to slow its terrible march made the mere thought of Yellow Fever a terrifying one for even the most stout-hearted inhabitants of the Mississippi delta. With this in mind, the following paper will explore the impact of the 1853 Yellow Fever epidemic upon the community of Biloxi, Mississippi. In particular, the next several pages will look at the lives lost, how the disease spread so quickly and why it was so difficult to stop."

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