Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
Author: Gail JARROW
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Subject/Category: Gr. 6-9
Year Reviewed:: 2017
Review: Bubonic plague, scourge of mankind for centuries, is thought to have killed over half the population of Europe during the Middle Ages. Little was known about its cause and spread until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1900, a man in San Francisco's Chinatown died a horrible death, and the terrifying truth struck home: the bubonic plague was now present in the United States. Political pressure had quelled the truth of its arrival in the U.S., which in turn hindered efforts of health officials to take reasonable precautions, and discouraged research into its cause and possible cure. As a result, many people died from the disease before it could be brought under control. Handling of this epidemic brings to light the danger of politics stifling and interfering with action on public health concerns.