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Andrew Wehrman

I’m Andrew Wehrman, a historian, writer, and associate professor of history at Central Michigan University. I received my Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and M.A.T. and B.A. from the University of Arkansas. I previously taught at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. My research and teaching focuses on Colonial and Revolutionary America and the history of medicine, disease, and public health. In addition to my book, The Contagion of Liberty, I have written articles for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and NBC News among others. In my writing and in my speaking engagements, I seek to put current questions about government responses to epidemics (or lack thereof) and public vaccination efforts into a lively historical context.

18TH Century America's Founding History Of Science & Medicine

Smallpox Inoculation & the American Revolution

Dec. 19, 2022

In 1775, a smallpox outbreak struck the Continental Northern Army. With many of the soldiers too sick to fight, their attempted capture of Quebec on December 31, 1775, was a devastating failure, the first major defeat of the…