Tom's Reviews > Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82

Pox Americana by Elizabeth A. Fenn
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Apr 25, 09

Read in January, 2009

Not a riveting read - lots of dull statistics - but an an important one, if you are at all interested in the American Revolution. The great smallpox epidemic of 1775-82 corresponded exactly with that war, and had a huge impact on the outcome - something that's virtually ignored in most history texts. The epidemic spread throughout North America; one of the more interesting aspects of the book is how the disease vector reveals a great deal about trade networks beyond the Appalachians.
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