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Fighting with Fire

James C. Mohr

in Plague and Fire

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162318
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.003.0010
 Fighting with Fire

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Beginning New Year's Day 1900, whenever anyone died of bubonic plague, surviving residents of the same building were relocated to detention camps for surveillance and the building itself was burned. The Citizens' Sanitary Commission, often at odds with the Board of Health, conducted inspections of individuals and suspected plague sites throughout Honolulu. Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian charitable societies organized to aid the people who were rendered homeless by this fire policy.

Keywords: Citizens' Sanitary Commission; Board of Health; Charitable societies; detention camps; Chinese; Japanese; Hawaiians

Chapter.  5513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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