Race and Health: Past Pandemics and Epidemics

Racialized Inequality

Kathryn Olivarius, "The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege," The New York Times (April 12, 2020)

Philip Jenkins, "An Epidemic Sparks Racial Nightmares: Philadelphia in the 1790s," Anxious Bench (April 17, 2020)

Jeffrey Ostler, "Disease Has Never Been Just Disease for Native Americans," The Atlantic (April 29, 2020)

Gregory D. Smithers, "Covid-19 has been brutal in Indian country—just like past epidemics were," The Washington Post (May 20, 2020) 

Maria Paula Andrade, "Cholera, COVID-19, and the Racial Wounds in the Americas," The Panorama (June 1, 2020) 

Christopher D.E. Willoughby, "Power to the Patients: Teaching the History of Race and Medicine during COVID-19," The Panorama (May 26, 2020)

Coyote Shook, "Flu in the Arctic: Influenza in Alaska, 1918," Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (June 9, 2020)

Naoko Wake, "Lack of Empathy Takes the United States Deeper into the Second Cold War," The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (July 15, 2020)

Erin V. Moore, "What HIV Teaches Us: The Need for Affordable Health Care," Origins (August 8, 2020)

Deirdre Cooper Owens, "Medical Racism Has Shaped U.S. Policies for Centuries," The Washington Post (February 12, 2021)

Videos and Podcasts:

Gregg Mitman, "#40 | Gregg Mitman | Pandemic: A Letter from the Past," Science! With Friends (April 1, 2020) 

Evelynn M. Hammonds and Rana Hogarth, "The Myth of Innate Racial Differences Between White and Black People's Bodies: Lessons from the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," Hutchins Center for African & African American Research (April 16, 2020)

Elise Mitchell, "Episode 128: History Of Pandemics," Season of the Bitch (May 26, 2020) 

Race and Xenophobia

Hannah Marcus, "What the Plague Can Teach Us about the Coronavirus," The New York Times (March 1, 2020) 

Mary E. Fissell, "Pandemics come and go. The way people respond to them barely changes," The Washington Post (May 7, 2020) 

Elise A. Mitchell, "The Shortages May Be Worse Than the Disease," The Atlantic (March 11, 2020) 

Justin Barr, Richard A. McKay, and Deborah B. Doroshow, "The Dangers of 'Us Versus Them': Epidemics Then and Now," Journal of General Internal Medicine (January 8, 2021)

Videos and Podcasts:

"On the Margins: Epidemics and the Disenfranchised," Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (June 18, 2020)