Lecture Description

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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