An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In 1793, President Washington was concerned about the French Revolution. Discuss the French Revolution and why it troubled Washington.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Dr. Benjamin Rush to other doctors at the time.

Essay Topic 3

Philadelphia had many problems during the plague. Discuss the problems that affected the city.

Essay Topic 4

Discuss why Dr. Rush was called to consult about difficult medical problems.

Essay Topic 5

Discuss yellow fever and the signs that it was in Philadelphia.

Essay Topic 6

Members of the College of Physicians had different recommendations for dealing with the fever. Compare and contrast how different members of the College of Physicians recommended dealing with the fever.

Essay Topic 7

The mayor of Philadelphia, Mattthew Clarkson, decided to stay in Philadelphia during the plague. Using examples from the book, discuss the pros and cons Clarkson may have considered before deciding whether to stay or flee.

Essay Topic 8

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