The History of American Epidemics

Dates: April 7, 2021

Meets: W from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Zoom Online

Registration Fee: $29.00

Epidemics have been a part of American life since Columbus introduced smallpox to the continent at the end of the 15th century. However, we don't often understand the role infectious diseases play in historical events, preferring to view them as isolated tragedies rather than incidents that interact with the world around them. Infectious disease shaped George Washington's decisions at Valley Forge, delayed the building of the Panama Canal for thirty years, inspired the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, and fundamentally transformed the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This class will examine the way in which epidemics have intersected with other major events in U.S. History, as well as, the way that these outbreaks they have shaped our societies, politics, and self-image from the colonial era to the mid 20th century. 


Students will utilize the Zoom conferencing application to complete this course. Zoom meeting invitations will be sent via email at least one day prior to the class start date. Students must provide a valid email address to receive the meeting invitation to enter the Zoom virtual classroom.

To view/update your email address, visit and log on to your "Existing Account". After you log on, you will be taken to your "My Account" page. Once the page loads, click on "Profile." You can update your email address and any other information on your "Profile" page. If you make any changes to your information, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Update Account" to save your changes.
Fee: $29.00

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