Smallpox Inoculation in 18th Century New England
This program is from an event marking John and Abigail Adams' 250th wedding anniversary, and was co-hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Abigail Adams Historical Society.
Professor Andrew Wehrman talked about smallpox in Revolutionary era America and the campaign to inoculate colonists, which was promoted by political leaders like John Adams. Adams, his wife Abigail, and their children were all inoculated despite widespread fears of the new medical practice.
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