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Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930

Mariola Espinosa


In the early fall of 1897, yellow fever shuttered businesses, paralyzed trade, and caused tens of thousands of people living in the southern United States to abandon their homes and flee for their lives. Originating in Cuba, the deadly plague inspired disease-control measures that not only protected U.S. trade interests, but also justified the political and economic domination of the island nation from which the pestilence came. By focusing on yellow fever, this book uncovers for the first time how the devastating power of this virus profoundly shaped the relationship between the two countries ... More

Keywords: yellow fever, Cuba, United States, sanitation, occupation, disease control, public health, Cuban independence, U.S. trade, epidemic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226218113
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226218137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariola Espinosa, author