Genealogy research by the author sparked an interest in the diseases and epidemics that his ancestors faced during their lives. Bookshelves,newspapers, and the web are filled with information about both. Other authors have narrowed the field to U.S. History. The author makes no attempt to replace these works, only to provide insight into the struggles of his ancestors, and thus the struggles of the reader's ancestors as they migrated across our great nation from shore to shore.
The author provides a general overview of the deadliest epidemics in America in the first chapter along with an examination of the controversy that surrounded, and continues to surround, the use of vaccinations to prevent disease. In the following ten chapters the author examines each of the top diseases and epidemics that decimated our ancestors and then expands on each through the use of newspaper articles published during the time of the outbreaks. Historical newspapers provide a unique perspective on the impact on our ancestors lives that is not evident in technical writings about the epidemics and diseases.
The last chapter discusses death causes other than communicable disease - cancer, heart disease, stroke, Bright's disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and alcoholism. It is likely that many of the readers ancestors succumbed to one of these. It is also in this last chapter that the author provides a more personal look at some of his own ancestors as they traveled our land, many times leaving the graves of loved ones behind.
Softcover - US Trade (6 x 9 in) - 206 pages - $21.95
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