Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Independence

John McNeill talked about how colonists and slaves benefited from their resistance to two deadly diseases during the American and Haitian… read more

John McNeill talked about how colonists and slaves benefited from their resistance to two deadly diseases during the American and Haitian Revolutions. Professor McNeill argued that yellow fever and malaria, both mosquito-borne diseases, helped make the Americas free. He said that in the campaigns of 1780-81 in the Carolinas and Virginia, in the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804, and in the wars of independence in the Spanish Americas of 1808-25, locally born and raised soldiers and militia enjoyed a strong advantage over European troops in terms of their resistance to these two infections. close

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Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Independence

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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 2, 2013
Last Aired:
Apr 19, 2014

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  • Nov 02, 2013 | 10:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 04, 2013 | 6:32am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 19, 2014 | 1:20pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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