Opinions Throughout History:
Diseases & Epidemics

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Opinions Throughout History:
Diseases & Epidemics
The Opinions Throughout History series offers a wide range of insights into long-standing issues that Americans are most concerned about, and those that have encouraged vigorous debate among politicians and citizens at large. Using carefully-chosen original documents that cover a wide time span, each volume weaves a thoughtful and easy-to-understand analysis of how public opinion is formed and evolves, starting the discussion at an historical, seminal moment, and ending with where we stand today.

Opinions Throughout History: Diseases & Epidemics traces the history of some of the most impactful diseases in human history, such as smallpox, measles, the bubonic plague, and HIV, and looks at how these viruses and bacterial plagues affected American politics and culture. The book also explores the rise and the spread of the anti-vaccination and science skepticism movements and their relationship to American and global public health.

This volume analyzes the following topics:
Pub. Date: January 2021
ISBN: 978-1-64265-844-6
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  • The History of Lockjaw
  • The Effort to Beat Whooping Cough
  • The Bubonic Plague in History and in the Modern World
  • Development of the First Vaccine for Smallpox 
  • The Origin of the Anti-Vaccination Movement
  • The Global Threat of Malaria 
  • The Spanish Flu Epidemic and the History of Influenza 
  • Polio and the Creation of America’s Vaccination Culture 
  • The Formation of the Centers for Disease Control 
  • The HIV Pandemic and the Impact of Prejudice on Public Health 
  • COVID-19 and more
The European explorers who later settled the New World also brought the first pandemics to the American continents. Over the centuries since, there have been many epidemics and pandemics in the United States, some representing diseases that were originally carried to the continent by colonial settlers, and others brought later as Americans traveled abroad or engaged in warfare on foreign shores. 

In this volume, the history of American diseases and epidemics are compared to the COVID-19 crisis, one of the deadliest pandemics in modern U.S. history, which has provided a clear example of how governments and the other organs of the state can help or hinder the international goal of stamping out disease.
Most source documents are reprinted in their entirety and are clearly distinguished by a shaded title bar. Photos and other images enhance the text, and sidebars provide an often lighter perspective on the time period being discussed. Pull quotes and other visual elements increase accessibility. Each chapter ends with a brief Conclusion, thoughtful Discussion Questions, and a list of Works Used.
Each chapter discusses both primary and secondary documents such as newspaper and magazine articles, speeches, court decisions, and other legislation. Accompanied by expert commentary and analysis, this volume will guide the reader through the process of how each document affected the changing attitudes on this important issue of public interest. These important documents are the cornerstone of each chapter.
This comprehensive, timely volume is a must for large public libraries, university libraries, and social science departments, along with high school libraries.
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