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1793 Yellow Fever (Philadelphia): Background & Secondary Sources


Between August 1 and November 9, 1793, approximately 11,000 people contracted yellow fever in the US capital of Philadelphia. Of that number, 5,000 people, 10 percent of the city’s population, died. The epidemic created panic in the capital, causing 17,000 people, including President Washington and other members of the federal government, to flee to the countryside. Much has been written on this topic, beginning in the days of the epidemic and continuing into the 21st century.  

Thus guide is designed to provide some  starting points for research on Yellow Fever in 1793 Philadelphia.