Guest Column

140 years after yellow fever, surprisingly little has changed

By , Guest Columnist Updated: April 09, 2020 10:33 AM CT | Published: April 09, 2020 4:00 AM CT
Guest Columnist

Molly Crosby

Molly Caldwell Crosby is a bestselling author and journalist who lives in Memphis. Her book, "The American Plague," is a narrative history of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic.

It was an early spring that year too – 1878 – as Mardi Gras celebrations in Memphis ended and news of yellow fever erupted. Even though the outbreak was in another country, ship trade made everyone our neighbor. And, Memphis was a major hub, webbed by train tracks and edged by riverboats.

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