Pox Americana: the great smallpox epidemic by Elizabeth a. fenn

Your analysis must specifically address each of the following questions:

  • How did smallpox make a tangible impact on the British and colonial war efforts?
  • Inoculation and immunity provided distinct advantages to those coming in contact with
    smallpox. What differences do we see between European soldiers and American colonists in
    immunity and inoculation? Why are some groups more willing to accept inoculation than
    others? Are there disadvantages?
  • How does the spread of smallpox illustrate the continental communication and trade
    networks present at this time?
  • In considering the smallpox epidemic in the American Revolutionary period, can the groups
    involved be divided into “winners” and “losers” based on their experiences with the disease?
    How might this impact American history moving forward?

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