Epidemic

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Airs Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner is here to explain how frost helped keep an epidemic down, showing that even the history frost matters.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.