Skip to main content
SEARCHWORKS (SU CATALOG) | DATABASES | E-JOURNALS | SUL HOME | GSE | SU HOME

An American Plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

Guided Reading Level: 

Z

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Murphy,Jim

Source:

Clarion Books, New York, p.165 (2003)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr RA644 .Y4 M875 2003

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8223731

Keywords:

American Library Association Best Books for YA 2004, American Library Association Notable Children's Bk 2004, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award 2004, Juvenile materials, Newbery Honors 2004, Notable Children's Trade Book/Social Studies 2004, Obis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for C 2004, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2004, Pennsylvania--History--1775-1865, Pennsylvania--History--1775-1865--Juvenile literature, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2004, School Library Journal Best Books 2003, Yellow fever--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--18th century, Yellow fever--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--18th century--Juvenile literature

Abstract:

Contents: No one noticed -- "All was not right" -- Church bells tolling -- Confusion, distress, and utter desolation -- "It was our duty" -- The prince of bleeders -- "By twelve only" -- "This unmerciful enemy" -- "A delicate situation" -- Improvements and the public gratitude -- "A modern-day time bomb."; Summary: It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.

Notes:

Lexile measure 1130; ages 10-14; book level 9; informational