gross the sickness wouldn’t be spread so well. Scapegoat Positive Side Effects : Chloera – immigration of China is starting to boom, north Americans didn’t enjoy this immigration from china o “Chinese Exclusion Act” Meant to reduce amoung of Chinese coming into the US – president has limited tools at his disposal Politicians use cholera to take advantage of this and create the national quarentine act – allows them to take control of immigrations and gets put into a federal authority – allows them to “turn off” immigration from the east Motivated by racism Replaced of patchwork os stage/ federal patchwork of quarentine give its centralized control – racist motives actually gives US a modern beauracy of health – progressive and enlightened public health measures
Week One January 12, 15 Medieval Panic & Disease Scapegoating Doesn’t Move in One Direction Tendency to blame state officals for the spread of disease – the lower order is blaming the state – perspective of labouring classes Officals are telling you to vaccinate, quarantine and stuff with people – innoucaltion and vaccination Vaccination discovered in late 18 th century – use cowpox to fix smallpox – Edward Jenner o Inoculation &Vaccination o If were clinically rational – people should have welcomed with open arms - people were not rational i.e why would you believe this People therefore start to believe they are being targeted – belief this is an attempt for moral reform , using disease to lower population (common belief to kill of surplus population), France 1830’s: Considerable strain of public opinion that doctors had been hired by the wealthy to introduce cholera and kill off the poor Russia Moscow 1771 : Plague Riot Arch bishop is murdered by a crowd – part of state apartus meant to stomp them out Riots against state officials Hungary : Mobs raid castles of HC officals are from upperclass People are just as suspicious of doctors – most people hate and fear doctors because they are seen to be magicians (medical profession doesn’t have the same prestige). Idea that they are paid by the state to weed people out. Create plague to collect corpses for anatomy research. Fear hospitals in general o You can quarantine people in homes, you need to isolate them from community. Most Common Blame – Divine Retribution Most Common One : Judgement of God Earth being punished for reasons that people don’t understand Most common factor behind disease pandemics Common Features : o People look back & think they see strange omens, these strange things are signs that god is going to act against them. Strange weather, heavy mist heavy clouds Most Often : Unusual things Mysterious bloodstains Wine stored goes bad Rain of blood Falling stars
Week One January 12, 15 Medieval Panic & Disease Cones of fire – balls of fire ect o Odd occurrences people believe in hind sight that they have seen o o Flagellants
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