Smallpox, Slavery, and Vaccinations with Elise Mitchell

Episode 30 - October 4, 2020
Plans ship slaves engraving, 1790

 Elise Mitchell (NYU) sits down to talk to Merle and Lee for the second episode of their mini-arc on vaccines and vaccinations. They discuss the impact of smallpox and forced inoculations on enslaved people during the 17th and 18th centuries, the experiences of enslaved people during this process, and governmental and non-governmental responses to epidemic outbreaks. At the end, Elise talks about the importance of her work during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

This episode concludes our two-episode mini-arc on vaccinations, and we recommend listening to them both if you’re interested in the topic!

Our Guest

Elise Mitchell,

PhD Candidate, History Department, New York University.

Elise Mitchell