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“Slavery and Smallpox Inoculation”
October 25, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Prof. Elise Mitchell, Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University
The African Atlantic history of smallpox inoculation is a rich, yet oft-overlooked story. This lecture contextualizes the more familiar history of Onesimus and Cotton Mather in early eighteenth-century Boston within the broader history of Africans performing smallpox inoculations in West Africa, Jamaica, and Saint Domingue (Haiti) in the Revolutionary Era of the late eighteenth century.