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Primary Sources - Workshop in American History Workshop 7 - Disease and Historyhomesitemap
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Disease and History
Explore Disease and History by examining the original documents and images of the period
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Read these documents and examine these images before watching the video

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Plan your workshop using these charts of video transcripts & professional development activities

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With a particular emphasis on typhoid, diphtheria, and polio, this workshop looks at public health initiatives and their impact on American society. The case of Mary Mallon (a.k.a. "Typhoid Mary") exemplifies the conflict between public needs and individual rights during a public health crisis. Using primary source documents, you can consider whether Mary Mallon should be quarantined or set free.


To gain a deeper understanding of historical content through reading and discussing primary source documents.

To understand the spread of infectious diseases and epidemics and their impact on life in 19th- and early 20th-century America.

To assess the role and responsibility of government in containing the spread of disease in 19th- and early 20th-century America, particularly in the case of typhoid.

To examine the tension that exists between public health needs and individual rights during times of public health crisis.

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