Event Title

A Different History of Variola

Presenter Information

Molly Hildebrandt, History

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Rebecca Noel

Location

Hartman Union Building Room 109

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 2:50 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 3:05 PM

Abstract

In looking at the history of Native Americans, Africans, and African Americans small-pox plays a pivotal role in their marginalization in America. This paper takes a brief look at the way in which history may have been different if these two groups had natural immunity to the virus. Using Elizabeth Fenn's meticulous history of the disease in her book Pox Americana, speculation can be made that their eventual fates intertwine and benefit from continuing alliance to British rule in the colonies.

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Apr 28th, 2:50 PM Apr 28th, 3:05 PM

A Different History of Variola

Hartman Union Building Room 109

In looking at the history of Native Americans, Africans, and African Americans small-pox plays a pivotal role in their marginalization in America. This paper takes a brief look at the way in which history may have been different if these two groups had natural immunity to the virus. Using Elizabeth Fenn's meticulous history of the disease in her book Pox Americana, speculation can be made that their eventual fates intertwine and benefit from continuing alliance to British rule in the colonies.