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Colonial Contagion: Smallpox and the American Revolution

Written on: July 26th, 2018 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, August 4, at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will host a program about the role of smallpox during the American Revolution. While the War for Independence raged throughout America, the smallpox epidemic was a major issue for both soldiers and civilians. In this program, Dr. Stephanie Holyfield will discuss the impact of the disease and how it affected both sides during the conflict. This presentation will provide information about the history of smallpox during the colonial era, George Washington’s decision to inoculate the army, and how this epidemic threatened the outcome of the American Revolution.

Dr. Stephanie Holyfield is an Associate Professor of History at Wesley College. She received her undergraduate degree in History from Milligan College in Milligan College, Tennessee, and her Master’s degree in American History from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Dr. Holyfield’s Ph.D. in American History is from the University of Delaware. Her professional interests include business and economic history with a focus on Delaware, Colonial America, and public history. She serves as a board member of the George Washington Society of Wilmington, Delaware and the Treasurer of the Town of Woodside.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.

Dr. Stephanie Holyfield


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