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The Resource Yellow fever, race, and ecology in nineteenth-century New Orleans, Urmi Engineer Willoughby

Yellow fever, race, and ecology in nineteenth-century New Orleans, Urmi Engineer Willoughby

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Yellow fever, race, and ecology in nineteenth-century New Orleans
Title
Yellow fever, race, and ecology in nineteenth-century New Orleans
Statement of responsibility
Urmi Engineer Willoughby
Title variation
Yellow fever, race, and ecology in 19th century New Orleans
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Language
eng
Summary
The author examines yellow fever in New Orleans from 1796 to 1905. Linking local epidemics to the city's place in the Atlantic world, this resource analyzes how incidences of and responses to the disease grew out of an environment shaped by sugar production, slavery, and urban development. The author argues that transnational processes--including patterns of migration, industrialization, and imperialism--contributed to ecological changes that enabled yellow fever-carrying Aedes aëgypti mosquitoes to thrive and transmit the disease in New Orleans, challenging presumptions that yellow fever was primarily transported to the Americas on slave ships. The author then traces the origin and spread of medical and popular beliefs about yellow fever immunity, from the early nineteenth-century contention that natives of New Orleans were protected, to the gradual emphasis on race as a determinant of immunity, reflecting social tensions over the abolition of slavery around the world. As the nineteenth century unfolded, ideas of biological differences between the races calcified, even as public health infrastructure expanded, and race continued to play a central role in the diagnosis and prevention of the disease. State and federal governments began to create boards and organizations responsible for preventing new outbreaks and providing care during epidemics, though medical authorities ignored evidence of black victims of yellow fever. The author argues that American imperialist ambitions also contributed to yellow fever eradication and the growth of the field of tropical medicine: U.S. commercial interests in the tropical zones that grew crops like sugar cane, bananas, and coffee engendered cooperation between medical professionals and American military forces in Latin America, which in turn enabled public health campaigns to research and eliminate yellow fever in New Orleans. A signal contribution to the field of disease ecology, Yellow Fever, Race, and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans delineates events that shaped the Crescent City's epidemiological history, shedding light on the spread and eradication of yellow fever in the Atlantic World. -- Book cover
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1980-
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Willoughby, Urmi Engineer
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The natural world of the Gulf South
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  • Yellow fever
  • Yellow fever
  • Yellow fever
  • Louisiana
  • Louisiana
  • Yellow Fever
  • History, 19th Century
  • New Orleans
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Yellow fever, race, and ecology in nineteenth-century New Orleans, Urmi Engineer Willoughby
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-240) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. A disease sui generis : yellow fever in world history -- 2. Sugar fever : the rise of cane sugar and yellow fever in lower Louisiana, 1796-1850 -- 3. Imagined immunities : ideologies of race, ecology, and disease resistance, 1840-1861 -- 4. Reconstituting the South : built environments and public health, 1861-1878 -- 5. Degrees of resistance : reimagining race, health, and the environment, 1878-1905 -- 6. "Mosquito or man?" : imperialism and the rise of tropical medicine, 1878-1912 -- Epilogue : yellow fever past and present
Control code
983825638
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780807167748
Lccn
2017019253
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)983825638
Label
Yellow fever, race, and ecology in nineteenth-century New Orleans, Urmi Engineer Willoughby
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. A disease sui generis : yellow fever in world history -- 2. Sugar fever : the rise of cane sugar and yellow fever in lower Louisiana, 1796-1850 -- 3. Imagined immunities : ideologies of race, ecology, and disease resistance, 1840-1861 -- 4. Reconstituting the South : built environments and public health, 1861-1878 -- 5. Degrees of resistance : reimagining race, health, and the environment, 1878-1905 -- 6. "Mosquito or man?" : imperialism and the rise of tropical medicine, 1878-1912 -- Epilogue : yellow fever past and present
Control code
983825638
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780807167748
Lccn
2017019253
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)983825638

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