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#have been better #been better it was part #Of A Larger Work # a larger work the American Revolution or North American colonies Being in a 300 page book meant that it got very repetitive The author kept reiterating the same points over and over again She also would say something like there s no way to tell where the Pacific Northwest Native Americans acuired smallpox from and then spend 30 pages trying to tell just that The book got very annoying after the first few chapters and I really just skimmed the last 100 pages I would recommend this book for someone who is very interested in smallpox but not for the casual reader Reading Scavenger Hunt North Carolina The first part of the book which describes the impact smallpox had on the American Revolution was extremely interesting and added another dimension to my nderstanding of the war Unfortunately the story went downhill from there and seemed to merely relate one outbreak after another without making a larger point Pox American follows the smallpox epidemic that spread through North America from 1775 1782 tracing its impact on the Revolutionary War and Native American and Colonial society Historian Elizabeth Fenn is meticulous in chronicling the devastation sing firsthand accounts and surviving records to sketch out the death and fear that followed the diseaseThe impact of smallpox on the Revolutionary War occupies much of the book Epidemiologically the Americans were at a disadvantage Smallpox was endemic in Europe and British soldiers were much likely to have been exposed to the disease gaining immunity This vulnerability led to serious losses during the revolutionary army s invasion of Canada as smallpox weakened and killed susceptible soldiersGeorge Washington struggled with The Decision Of Whether decision of whether inoculate his soldiers Under the imperfect techniue of the time inoculation was a draining affair confining inoculees to sickbeds The process also potentially increased the risks of transmission as inoculees were contagious during the dormant period that followed inoculation Fenn skillfully ses this dilemma to build tension in a historic accountIn the post Revolutionary period Fenn focuses on the impact of smallpox on Native American populations throughout the continent offering repeated accounts of decimated villages and devastated cultures Native peoples were vulnerable to the disease and the successive accounts of loss are heart rendingThe book is thorough and engaging but can be technical in its presentation of history The larger themes of the Revolutionary War aren t fleshed out The author it seems is confident that readers will remember battles and developments they may not have encountered since elementary school But the book is compelling in advancing its central theme the outsized impact of this continent wide epidemic Subject matter fascinating Writing awful Pages Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand upon pages of speculation about how the smallpox didn t get to native Americans in Washington State Lots of similar details that make it honestly read like a thesis than a book Review of Pox Americana The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775 82 by Elizabeth A Fennby Stan Prager 7 9 20 Imagin. Ment of people and microbes the epidemic worsened Fenn's remarkable research showss how smallpox devastated the American troops at ébec and kept them at bay during the British occupation of Boston Soon the disease affected the war in Virginia where it ravaged slaves who had escaped to join the British forces During the terrible winter at Valley Forge General Washington had to decide if and when to attempt the risky inoculation of his troops In 1779 while Creeks and. Technically this is a good book Ms Fenn researched her topic Thoroughly And Offered Up Interesting and offered p interesting of the Revolutionary period and how the spread of small pox influenced the course of American historyHowever it is an extraordinarily dry read and should probably be pursued only by those serious history buffs Enjoyed learning about the smallpox epidemic of the 1700s and liked how the author divided the book into three sections through the chapters the Colonies then Mexico and finally the Indian natives on the Pacific coast Alaska Sprinkled through out the book are some individual stories and in my copy at least there are a few photographs of paintings pictures and #Other Smallpox Plague Items She # smallpox plague items She added some maps along with the pictures but while they are fine being included with the other photos I think it would have been better to place those maps with the corresponding chapters sections as it would make it easier to see the patterns It s a little hard to read as at times it seems that the author took her information and simply placed it on a time line There were a few parts where I needed to stop reading so that my brain wouldn t overload on pure facts On the other hand this is a nicely put together book and I think that she did a wonderful job researching the topic I would read any other books she *Has Will Publish This *will publish This as an opinion essay for class and I have adapted it for a review but because of this it is a little I am giving this 4 stars for breadth rather than readability Pox Americana is worth reading but be prepared for a lot of statistical detail Thoughts on the book Colonial history often rests on the idea of the 13 colonies on the eastern seaboard this book explores a broad interwoven system of trade and conflict between native tribes that proved to be a powerful highway for the virus We so often think of globalization as being a modern concept the spread of small pox in only a few years across the continent belies that it is just a product of the 20th century We in the modern world rarely appreciate what it was like to live with these devastating diseases It makes me appreciate so much why we need to contain modern contagions such as ebola Westward migration may not have been so easy if the native tribes had not lost so manyit reminds of the fundamental social changes you see recorded in Europe after the black death The smallpox epidemic that covered the continent from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and from Canada to Mexico in the late 1700s is something that very few people have covered and this book could have been very very interesting As it was I learned a lot about not only the smallpox epidemic but also about what was going on elsewhere on the North American continent at the time of the American Revolution It was very interesting to learn how the smallpox epidemic affected the Revolution as well as the fur trade in Canada and Spanish expansion in the West This book was well researched and included a lot of primary source material I had several problems with the book First of all though this is a very interesting topic it really was not enough to fill a The astonishing hitherto nknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birthA horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began and yet we know almost nothing about it Elizabeth A Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply variola affected the outcome of the war in every colony and the lives of everyone in North AmericaBy 1776 when military action and political ferment increased the move. ,
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across the land claiming ntold victims the agent of the disease poorly nderstood the population inthe land claiming ntold victims the agent of the disease poorly La muralla verde understood the population in of annseen enemy that rages mercilessly through entire communities leaving in its wake an exponential toll of victims As this review goes to press amid an alarming spike in new Coronavirus cases Americans don t need to stretch their collective imagination very far to envisage that at all But now look back nearly two and a half centuries and consider an even worse case scenario a war is on for th During the years of the Revolutionary War while the american colonies attempted to wrest their independence from colonies attempted to wrest their independence from and King George a shadow much smaller and terrifying than British soldiers was spreading across the continent Smallpox or Variola major as the virus itself is called The New Competition uickly infected citizens in besieged Boston cut down the Continental Army in Canada swept it s way into the South to New Spain andp trading routes through the Great Plains into Canada and all the way to the Pacific coast In it s path it indiscriminately infected Euroamericans soldiers runaway slaves and Native Americans across the continent Despite this the episode has remained largely Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution by Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller unknown within the narrative of American Revolutionary history In Pox Americana Elizabeth A Fenn formerly of Duke University now teaching at University of Colorado Boulder brings this forgotten event to the forefront arguing it s significance as the first known continental epidemic in North America as well that with the exception of the war itself epidemic smallpox was the greatestpheaval to afflict the continent in these years 9In Pox Americana Fenn does an excellent job of tracing the spread of a continental epidemic through a variety of primary sources including diaries letters and burial records Her writing style can be dry and drag at times especially in the sections of the book where she focuses primarily on statistics or on following the narrow thread of transmission throughout the Southwest Great Plains Pacific Coast and Canada In these sections the impact of the disease seems to become secondary to how it spread a fact that becomes especially frustrating when Fenn drops in tantalizing yet largely Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Stop Dieting. Form New Habits. Change Your Lifestyle Without Suffering. unexplored issues including the possibility of the Britishsing biological warfare against the Americans the results of significant demographic changes in New Spain and the cultural impacts of smallpox on Native American tribes Overall however Fenn shows outstanding scholarship in connecting a wide variety of sources into a coherent narrative of a continental epidemic Decades before the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled to the Pacific Fenn shows How Interconnected The Continent Had Become For interconnected the continent had become For strained by the stresses of war smallpox appeared to be an even formidable foe than the British and for Native Americans largely Children of the New World unaffected by the battles that raged far to the east disease proved to be a devastating event and a portent of the disease war and dislocation which would follow in the years ahead For everyone touched by the epidemic the most fundamental outcomewas massive human suffering and mortality 276. Cherokees were dying in Georgia smallpox broke out in Mexico City whence it followed travelers going north striking Santa Fe and outlying pueblos in January 1781 Simultaneously it movedp the Pacific coast and east across the plains as far as Hudson's BayThe destructive desolating power of smallpox made for a cascade of public health crises and heartbreaking human drama Fenn's innovative work shows how this mega tragedy was met and what its conseuences were for Ameri.
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