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Abraham James’ “Johnny New-come”: Propaganda and Yellow Fever in Colonial Jamaica

O’Neil Lawrence “[T]he Caribbean was known as the white man’s graveyard because so many healthy young settlers and soldiers died there. The two biggest killers were malaria and yellow fever, both transmitted by mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water”[i] Abraham James’ 1800s print Johnny New-come in the Island of Jamaica is a satirical morality tale asContinue reading “Abraham James’ “Johnny New-come”: Propaganda and Yellow Fever in Colonial Jamaica”

Hookworm Infection as a Silent Disaster in late Colonial Suriname

by Rosemarijn Hoefte Tiny worms causing silent and insidious damage. In 1915 the Rockefeller Foundation brought its campaign to eradicate hookworms to Suriname. Tests found that more than 90 percent of the population on plantations, mostly indentured Javanese migrants, were infected. But the American foundation, then the world’s largest public health organization, found many obstaclesContinue reading “Hookworm Infection as a Silent Disaster in late Colonial Suriname”

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