september, 2020

30sep12:00 pm- 1:15 pmBook Launch: The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale, 2020), Manuel Barcia

Event Details

Speaker: Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) with Professor Christopher L. Brown and Grant Kleiser
Date: September 30, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM EST 
Location: Zoom
Event description: A pathbreaking history of how participants in the slave trade influenced the growth and dissemination of medical knowledge, The Yellow Demon of Fever examines how, as the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic World. 
Organizer: International History Workshop 


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm