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The pox and the covenant : Mather, Franklin, and the epidemic that changed America's destiny

Author: Tony Williams
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After several days of skirting the North American coast, the Seahorse reached Boston, the largest city in the colonies, with a population of roughly eleven thousand souls. With such a large number of people, Boston rivaled the cities of mother England, save only for London. Boston was moreover one of the great hubs of the Atlantic trade network. It gathered goods from the farms of the New England hinterland and from  Read more...
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Named Person: Cotton Mather; Benjamin Franklin; Cotton Mather; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Cotton Mather
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Williams
ISBN: 9781402236051 1402236050
OCLC Number: 430054421
Description: xxiv, 277 p. : map, photographs ; 24 cm.
Contents: A killer lurking --
Walking around Boston --
Contagion --
Ordinary and extraordinary concerns --
At the pulpit --
A consult of physicians --
Dr. Boylston responds --
Social disharmony --
The Brothers Franklin --
For and against inoculation --
'My dying children' --
Death's head --
Life-giving fires --
'The afflicted still multiply' --
'Cotton Mather, you dog, damn you!' --
The final Boston inoculations.
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After several days of skirting the North American coast, the Seahorse reached Boston, the largest city in the colonies, with a population of roughly eleven thousand souls. With such a large number of people, Boston rivaled the cities of mother England, save only for London. Boston was moreover one of the great hubs of the Atlantic trade network. It gathered goods from the farms of the New England hinterland and from smaller cities and ports along the American coast. These commodities were shipped all over the Atlantic which other goods were imported into the city and sent elsewhere. For a virus, a better place to contaminate could hardly be found... Book jacket.

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