We Are Not Throwing Away Our Shot: The Popular Demand for Inoculation During the American Revolution

Americans were getting very good at mass inoculations, and they were expecting their local and colonial governments to provide them. They considered public health to be a duty of their government and expected an active and energetic response.

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This lecture details the fervent enthusiasm for inoculation against smallpox held by Americans in the 1760s and 1770s. Ordinary Americans across the Colonies (Boston, Norfolk, Charleston, etc.) demanded that their governments provide inoculation or access to inoculation to the public. This pressure changed laws in many colonies turned states, pressured George Washington to inoculate the Continental Army, and ultimately shaped public health policy in the new United States


Public Health and Disease Revolutionary and Early National

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