Health, Disease, and Early American Environments – 3/2 Maier Early American History Seminar

Health, Disease, and Early American Environments – A Panel Discussion

Authors: Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University; Camden Elliott, Harvard University
Comment: Thomas Wickman, Trinity College

Tuesday 2 March
5:15 PM

Virtual Event – hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society


This panel discussion brings together the histories of health, disease, and the environment to cast new light on key sites of Colonial American history. Molly Nebiolo’s research highlights how health and medical knowledge impacted the creation of early Atlantic cities. By examining the colonial history of promotional narratives, both written and spatial, her paper argues that health and well-being were fundamental ideas for the settlement of Philadelphia and Charleston. Camden Elliott’s paper recasts the history of the Stono Slave Rebellion through the lens of environmental history. Placing mosquitoes (and their pathogens) in a supporting role to a slave war in South Carolina, he investigates how yellow fever helped set the stage for resistance and malaria shielded maroons in the rebellion’s aftermath.

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