December 13, American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, Washington D. C. (In-person and Zoom)
December 15, New York State Library, Albany (Zoom)
January 5-8, Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Philadelphia, “Covid-19 in Context” (In-Person)
January 28, 6:50 pm American History TV, C-SPAN2
February 16, The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw, MI (In-person)
February 21, Revolution 250 Podcast, Facebook Live event 9am EST
February 27, Guest on the Michael Medved Show
March 9, Health, Environment and Common Good in Contemporary America Workshop, University of Toulouse
March 17, “Public Health and Private Choice: Vaccination in the Early United States,” Seminar, Atelier Transatlantique d’Histoire Intellectuelle et Politique, 2-5pm, Université de Toulouse
March 30, 9am EST The Sound of Ideas, 89.7 WKSU/WCPN NPR Cleveland, Ohio
April 22, 10:30 am “How Science Guides Us,” L.A. Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA
June 15, 7pm, The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw MI
August, 31, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California San Diego
September 20, Sam Houston State University
January 11, New Jersey American Revolution Roundtable, Morristown, NJ
February 11, Fort Ticonderoga Author Series Program, Fort Ticonderoga, NY
More to come!
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Ryan speaks with Andrew Wehrman about his new book The Contagion of Liberty: The Politics of Smallpox in the American Revolution, how and why responses to health emergencies in the past are strangely similar to those of today, how major historical events always coincide with medical events of the day, the wisdom that studying history can impart on us, and more.
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To hear a great historian of America’s early history come to the realization that America’s victory over the British in the Revolutionary War was second to its defeat of the scourge of smallpox at the time is pretty stunning. Then he makes a compelling case that the virus had to be conquered in order to have the capacity to beat such an estimable force.
Smallpox--the most devastating disease in human history--struck the American colonies in 1773. Andrew Wehrman (Central Michigan University) joins us to talk about the political responses to the disease, in Marblehead and Salem, Massachusetts, and Norfolk, Virginia, and what Americans learned about the contagion and how to combat it, as he discusses in his new book, Contagion of Liberty: The Politics of Smallpox in the American Revolution.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, since our interview it was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. Our conversation gives an excellent look into the long process of writing this book, and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking with Andrew.
The American Revolution happened in the midst of a smallpox epidemic. In one of the timeliest history books of the publishing season, historian Andrew Wehrman visits the podcast to talk about what the patriots of the American Revolution and the founding fathers thought about public health.
We go back to the original days of "Don't Tread On Me" with the author, for an exploration of public health politics at the dawn of the republic. The story is told by historian Andrew Wehrman in the book The Contagion of Liberty: The Politics of Smallpox in the American Revolution.
Joining me to help us learn more about smallpox inoculation during the American Revolution is Dr. Andrew M. Wehrman, Associate professor of history at Central Michigan University, and author of The Contagion of Liberty: The Politics of Smallpox in the American Revolution.
Andrew Wehrman discusses how the revolutionary generation thought about the role of government in public health during a continent-wide smallpox pandemic.
I’m featured along with other historians in episodes 301 and 302: “From Inoculation to Vaccination”
Andrew Wehrman (Central Michigan University) discusses the role of smallpox and inoculations during the American Revolution.
With historian and author Christian Di Spigna, I discuss the smallpox epidemic of 1764 in Boston.
“Smallpox Inoculation in 18th Century New England” In this lecture, which I gave at the Weymouth, Massachusetts, church where John and Abigail Adams were married exactly 250 years before, I described their respective inoculations for smallpox in 1764 and 1776.
“Founding Fathers Faced Healthcare Revolt Too.” Just as I was beginning my dissertation and after I wrote my first academic article based on my research, I had the good fortune of being invited to talk about with Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation back in October 2009.
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