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A study in seasons: Disease, crop failure, and hunger c. 1774-1800

Herrmann, Rachel B. ORCID: 2023. A study in seasons: Disease, crop failure, and hunger c. 1774-1800. The Cambridge History of the American Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
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The chapter discusses four seasons: winter, the campaigning season of summer and autumn, spring, and the rainy season in Sierra Leone, where formerly enslaved colonists migrated. Weather and climate acted upon soldiers, civilians, Native Americans, and people of African descent, who in turn reacted. In springtime people learned about crop failures the previous autumn, hoarded food and gouged prices, and migrated in search of better options. Summer, autumn, and the rainy season fostered malaria, yellow fever, meat spoilage, cattle deaths, insect pests, and hurricanes. People responded with campaigns of crop destruction and animal theft, and by rioting. Wintertime made apparent scurvy and salt shortages. Soldiers and Native Americans relocated to forts, Indigenous peoples ate more famine foods, and everyone suffered from the sense of isolation that arose from a dearth in news. Throughout the revolution, people suffered from the smallpox, mutinies, and self interest that challenged humans’ resilience.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 November 2022
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 11:11

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