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The Essential Memphis Library: Molly Crosby’s ‘The American Plague’

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 15, 2020 7:45 AM CT | Published: April 15, 2020 4:00 AM CT

In a month’s time, during the late summer of 1878, the city’s population plummeted from 50,000 to 20,000, with the vast majority of those remaining infected by the fever. Crosby's "The American Plague" takes you to this crucible moment in Memphis history, and helps explain what it meant. 

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Chris Herrington covers the Memphis Grizzlies and writes about Memphis culture, food, and civic life. He lives in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.


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