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Polly Price Plagues of a Nation
Thursday, September 08
7:00 - 8:00pm

Special Event Offer

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing 

Public Health Law Scholar Polly J. Price discusses her new book "Plagues in the Nation". Her book sheds light on the US government's response to epidemics through history--with larger conclusions about COVID-19 and reforms needed before the next plague.

In this narrative history of the US through major outbreaks of contagious disease, from yellow fever to the Spanish flu, from HIV/AIDS to Ebola, Polly J. Price examines how law and government affected the outcome of epidemics—and how those outbreaks in turn shaped our government.

Plagues in the Nation examines how our country learned—and failed to learn—how to address the panic, conflict, and chaos that are the companions of contagion, what policies failed America again and again, and what we must do better next time.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing 


Event Location

Norcross Library Branch


Plagues in the Nation: How Epidemics Shaped America (Hardcover )

  • By Polly J. Price
  • Price: $28.95
  • ISBN: 9780807043493
  • Published: Beacon Press