Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82
March 3, 2014•15 min
Hosted by: John J. Russell
A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across North America when the War of Independence began, and until now we have known almost nothing about it. Author Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply Variola affected the outcome of the war in every colony and the lives of everyone on the continent. Join Dr. John Russell in exploring Fenn's innovative work, which brings to light how this megatragedy was met and what its consequences were for the young republic.