Finding Women in the Epidemics of the Past

Lecture Description

The study of epidemics in history often revolves around men — medical experts, political leaders, and the men whose letters and diaries got preserved. Far more rarely do we see how women faced unique challenges. Focusing on the yellow fever epidemics of the urban Northeast during the late 18th century, this talk uncovers the never-before discussed front-line roles of women, and the gendered effects of the disease, as a means of understanding the long-term effects of yellow fever.

CATEGORIES

1700-1800 Gender, Masculinity, Femininity

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