In 1793 there was a serious outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia. The city had a population of 50,000 at the time and over 5000 deaths were recorded in this one year. Desperate to end the outbreak, the streets were scrubbed and disinfected. In a belief that "bad air" was the problem, batteries of cannons were fired into the air, in an attempt to "break it up." The painting shows that effort and the rows of graves from the epidemic...
Television Episode: "Urban Trinity": Broadcast originally on Channel 6 ABC in Philadelphia. View at:
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