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In the spring of 1849, smallpox had broken out at the Etowah Iron Works and, along with a concurrent outbreak in Atlanta, caused a panic which swept across Upper Georgia. Trade and travel throughout the Georgia Piedmont and Upcountry came to a screeching halt. Town commissioners and court magistrates led the charge to protect the health of their citizens through the implementation of various quarantine and smallpox prevention measures.
The presentation, by researcher Matthew Gramling, will examine the ways in which antebellum Georgia confronted, coped, and overcame the threat of infectious disease in their communities, as well as the role of local governments in advancing the cause of public health among their citizenry in combating the smallpox panic. It will also provide a glimpse into the practice of southern medicine in antebellum Bartow County and Upper Georgia.
Member are free.
Non-members – $6.50

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