Plagues in the Nation: How Epidemics Shaped America

Plagues in the Nation: How Epidemics Shaped America

by Polly J. Price
Plagues in the Nation: How Epidemics Shaped America

Plagues in the Nation: How Epidemics Shaped America

by Polly J. Price

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Overview

An expert legal review of the US government’s response to epidemics through history—with larger conclusions about COVID-19, and reforms needed for the next plague

In this narrative history of the US through major outbreaks of contagious disease, from yellow fever to the Spanish flu, from HIV/AIDS to Ebola, Polly J. Price examines how law and government affected the outcome of epidemics—and how those outbreaks in turn shaped our government.

Price presents a fascinating history that has never been fully explored and draws larger conclusions about the gaps in our governmental and legal response. Plagues in the Nation examines how our country learned—and failed to learn—how to address the panic, conflict, and chaos that are the companions of contagion, what policies failed America again and again, and what we must do better next time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807043493
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/10/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 690,393
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Polly J. Price is an award-winning legal historian and Professor of Law and Global Health at Emory University. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Hill, Newsweek, and the New York Times, among other outlets. Connect with her online at plaguesinthenation.com and follow her on Twitter @PollyJPrice.

Table of Contents

Preface

1
America’s First Plagues

2
Yellow Fever and the Shotgun Quarantine

3
Black Death on the West Coast

4
The 1918 Great Influenza

5
Confronting Tuberculosis

6
The Fight Against Polio

7
The AIDS Epidemic

8
Ebola in Dallas

9
A Coronavirus Pandemic

Epilogue: Law for the Next Pandemic

Acknowledgments
Notes
Image Credits
Index
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