Pox: An American History

Michael Willrich examined the smallpox epidemic in America in the early 1900s. The author detailed the government’s initiatives to deter the spread of… read more

Michael Willrich examined the smallpox epidemic in America in the early 1900s. The author detailed the government’s initiatives to deter the spread of the disease by requiring mandatory vaccinations and instituting “virus squads” that upheld quarantines. Though these measures eventually contained the disease, they also sparked a wave of popular resistance among Americans who perceived them as a threat to their health and to their rights. Mr. Willrich addressed the questions of how far the government should go to protect the people and what happens when the interests of public health collide with religious beliefs and personal conscience. He responded to questions from members of the audience. close

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  • Michael Willrich Associate Professor Brandeis University->History Department
  • Michael A. Yudell Assistant Professor Drexel University School of Public Health->Department of Community Health and Prevention

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Pox: An American History

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Program ID:
300232-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
First Aired:
Jul 03, 2011 | 7:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Aug 13, 2012 | 1:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3

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  • Jul 03, 2011 | 7:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 03, 2011 | 10:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 09, 2011 | 3:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 11, 2012 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 12, 2012 | 5:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 13, 2012 | 1:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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