Contextualizing the United States Government’s Legacy of Combating Infectious Diseases: Examining the Marginalization of Formerly Enslaved Africans Amid the Smallpox Epidemic

In modern society, each individual possesses a presumed desire to achieve longevity. Unfortunately, however, such an aspiration may prove infeasible due to the existence of infectious diseases. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that respiratory illnesses such as influenza and pneumonia were among the ten leading sources of mortality in the United[…]