Yellow Fever Immunities in West Africa and the Americas in the Age of Slavery and Beyond: A Reappraisal

@article{Watts2001YellowFI,
  title={Yellow Fever Immunities in West Africa and the Americas in the Age of Slavery and Beyond: A Reappraisal},
  author={Sheldon J. Watts},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  year={2001},
  volume={34},
  pages={955 - 967}
}
  • S. Watts
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • History
  • Journal of Social History
This article is a case study in applied objectivity as understood by mainstream historians. It addresses the problem of disease determinism exemplified by late nineteenth and twentieth century interpretations of the role played by yellow fever in "determining;SPMquot; the ethnic composition of the Caribbean Islands, the American South and the Atlantic coastal zones of Central and South America. In its extreme form yellow fever determinism held that the Christian God created Africans immune to… 
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