The Bubonic Plague in… San Francisco?
That time San Francisco was plagued by THE LITERAL PLAGUE.

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This video was largely informed by “Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague” by David K. Randall. Thank you to Mr. Randall for your exhaustive research and illuminating insight.

We’d also like thank Marilyn Chase for her book, “The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco”. Thank you Ms. Chase for your research and thoughtful explanations.

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***SELECTED SOURCES/ADDITIONAL READING***

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague
Randall, David K. W. W. Norton & Company. New York, 2019.

The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
Chase, Marilyn. Random House. New York, 2003.

“San Francisco’s bubonic plague epidemic has eerie parallels to modern day”
https://www.sfgate.com/sfhistory/article/San-Francisco-Chinatown-plague-1900s-15188267.php

“San Francisco’s Plague Years”
https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/san-franciscos-plague-years

“Maybe Rats Aren’t to Blame for the Black Death”
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/01/rats-plague-black-death-humans-lice-health-science/#:~:text=In%20cases%20of%20plague%20since,go%20on%20to%20bite%20humans.

“Rats May Not Be to Blame for Spreading the ‘Black Death'”
https://www.livescience.com/61444-black-death-cause-found-transmission.html

“Studies reveal how plague disables immune system, and how to exploit the process to make a vaccine”
https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/news/studies-reveal-howplague-disables-immune-system-and-how-to-exploit-the-process-to-make-a-vaccine

“The ‘Chinese Flu’ Is Part of a Long History of Racializing Disease”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-17/when-racism-and-disease-spread-together