James C. Mohr

in Plague and Fire

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162318
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788910 | DOI:

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In a remarkable coincidence, Hawaii gained formal territorial status on the same day the plague crisis ended. The US appointed a claims commission to oversee reparations, but the process produced three years of bickering and ended up granting victims of the fire policy less than half of what they said they lost. All of the principal actors in the dramatic events surrounding the Chinatown fire resumed their separate lives, and this chapter contains short sketches of what happened to them. The book concludes with observations about the place of this incident in the larger history of public health and the ways in which authorities deal with epidemics.

Keywords: territorial status; claims commission; Chinatown; reparations; public health; fire; epidemics

Chapter.  6562 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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