Lectures and Workshops

How the Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 Changed American History

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Admission: 
Free online event

About the Event

Even before the commonly referenced influenza pandemic of 1918, epidemics have long been a part of our history, as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Elizabeth Fenn has shown in her pathbreaking book, Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-1782. Join Fenn in conversation with Autry Senior Scholar Virginia Scharff, as they explore the story of one of the most devastating epidemics in American history and ponder lessons for our time.


You can purchase a copy of Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-1782 through the Autry Store.

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How the Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 Changed American History