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The Barbary Plague : The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
The Barbary Plague The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco Author:Marilyn Chase The veteran Wall Street Journal science reporter Marilyn Chase’s fascinating account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in late Victorian San Francisco is a real-life thriller that resonates in today’s headlines. The Barbary Plague transports us to the Gold Rush boomtown in 1900, at the end of the city’s Gilded Age.... more » With a deep understanding of the effects on public health of politics, race, and geography, Chase shows how one city triumphed over perhaps the most frightening and deadly of all scourges.« less
Non-fiction about an epidemic of bubonic plague that struck San Francisco beginning in 1900, and how political maneuvering, bigotry and power plays impacted the severity of the disease. The real death toll from the plague began to add up in the months and years after the 1906 earthquake and fire, when politicians and healthcare experts finally began to sit up and take notice. A little dry in spots, but it is non-fiction after all. Lots of good plague-y information as well as a good dissection of a major public health disaster in relatively modern times.