Vancouver Island in the late nineteenth century was a major port of entry for people from all walks of life. But for many, the sense of hope that had sustained them through rough sea voyages came to an abrupt halt as soon as they reached land. Quarantined is the heart-wrenching true story of the thousands of forgotten people who arrived on our shores only to be felled by disease, in an era when medical care was unsophisticated at best and attitudes toward the poor and the sick were often narrow minded. It is about the struggle to establish a federally funded quarantine station, which, when it was finally established, became as significant and as longstanding as Grosse Ile in Quebec, Lawlor’s Island in Halifax, and Ellis Island in New York.
At its core Quarantined is a cautionary tale about the exploitation of the sick and the results of government neglect and lack of commitment to pressing national health-care issues affecting the poor and disenfranchised. It is a story that has as much relevance today as it did more than a hundred years ago.
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||4 MB|
About the Author
Peter Johnson has taught History, English and creative writing in high schools and colleges in Canada for over thirty-five years. He has written two previous books, Glyphs and Gallows: The Rock Art of Clo-oose and the Wreck of the John Bright and Voyages of Hope: The Saga of the Brideships. He has also written and directed a documentary film on Lake Winnipeg, which was shown on CBC television, and published interpretive articles on Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and George Orwell’s 1984. He lives in Vancouver.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Politics of Quarantine 14
Chapter 2 Bertha Whitney and the House of Death 25
Chapter 3 Smallpox Wars: A Disastrous Start 51
Chapter 4 Omissions, Commissions, and Closure 75
Chapter 5 Second Wind: A Rousing Good Go 93
Chapter 6 "I'm Sorry, but You Are Quarantined." 109
Chapter 7 The Strange, Sad Case of Alfred Tennyson Watt 125
Chapter 8 East Meets West at the William Head Quarantine Station 147
Chapter 9 "Free as Larks": The Children of William Head 169
Chapter 10 Apogee 194
Chapter 11 Dénouement 210
Chapter 12 Quarantine Revisited 229
Selected Bibliography 268