Objects & Places from An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

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Philadelphia - The capital of the United States in 1793.

The Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers - As water levels fell, rotting plant life and dead animals here drew thousands of mosquitoes.

Mount Vernon - This is where George and Martha Washington fled when they fled Philadelphia to avoid the plague.

The West Indies - A rancid load of coffee came from here.

Ricketts' Circus - This was a place where Overseers and Guardians of the Poor took poor folks who were infected with the plague.

The New African Society - This was a group that was asked to tend to the sick.

The Overseers and Guardians of the Poor - This was a group that was supposed to care for the poor people, but many of them fled the city and did not do their duty.

Bush Hill House - This was a place taken over by the...

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