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(Slate)   Beware the danger of Immunoprivilege   (slate.com) divider line
    More: PSA, 19th century, New York City, New Orleans, Yellow fever, Poverty, White people, young people, New Orleans' 19th-century culture  
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507 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 05 Aug 2020 at 2:19 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-08-05 2:55:08 AM  
This was an absolutely fascinating article, Subby. Thank you very much for sharing it.
 
2020-08-05 4:52:42 AM  
I wonder how many Cassandras we're going to find out about when this is all over?

Good find, Subby.
 
2020-08-05 7:52:08 AM  
That's a nice bit of history, subby.  Thank you.
 
2020-08-05 8:23:12 AM  
Having family from Savannah and Charleston, I had heard many stories about Yellow Fever and Malaria. One of the better ones is the tunnel built in downtown Savannah to hide the bodies from an epidemic in the late 1800s. The town elite were scared ships wouldn't dock. And this attitude still informs the attitudes towards disease in the area today.
 
2020-08-05 9:00:52 AM  
Fascinating. People really don't change, do they? People have basically been people forever. Look at a plague rat today screaming about hoax and 5G and it's exactly the same as the original anti-vaxxers screaming about cow pox vaccinations. There were anit-vax cartoons that showed people being vaccinated against small pox with cow pox and little cows popping out of their skin.

In one way, it's a little reassuring. You can think back over the entire history of "modern" humans and imagine their lives and basically, you'd be right. They were us, they acted like us, we would know them if we were plunked down among them. They would be "just folks" almost immediately. Any one of us if we were transported back in time to, say, Pompeii, would recognize the behaviors and concerns and food and everything else. Our ancestors really were just like us.

But in another way it's frustrating as hell because people never change...
 
2020-08-06 12:30:11 AM  

Another Government Employee: Having family from Savannah and Charleston, I had heard many stories about Yellow Fever and Malaria. One of the better ones is the tunnel built in downtown Savannah to hide the bodies from an epidemic in the late 1800s. The town elite were scared ships wouldn't dock. And this attitude still informs the attitudes towards disease in the area today.


WTF!?

DAamn, it seems every larger city has some kind of secret tunnel system.

Have you ever been down there? Do they offer tours?
 
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