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“Our Local Board of Health Asserts that No Epidemic of Any Kind Exists in San Antonio”: State vs. Local Expertise in the 1903 Yellow Fever Quarantine

“Our Local Board of Health Asserts that No Epidemic of Any Kind Exists in San Antonio”: State... This editorial cartoon appeared on November 19, 1903, in the San Antonio Daily Light following the lifting of the yellow fever quarantine. The image depicts the triumph of the anti-quarantine advocates, led by the Light, over the San Antonio Daily Express (commonly referred to as The Old Lady by the Light), a perceived supporter of the yellow fever diagnosis and the quarantine. “Our Local Board of Health Asserts that No Epidemic of Any Kind Exists in San Antonio”: State vs. Local Expertise in the 1903 Yellow Fever Quarantine By Ana Luisa Martínez-Catsam* n Saturday, October 17, 1903, thousands gathered as Texas Governor Samuel W. T. Lanham formally opened San Antonio’s Oannual International Exposition Fair. Since its inception, the fair had proven to be a significant event for the city, as it attracted thousands of visitors. San Antonio officials and merchants expected 1903’s attendance to exceed that of the previous year despite the outbreak of yellow fever, also referred to as “the black vomit,” along the Texas border with Mexico. San Antonio leaders had, after all, implemented sanitary precautions, such as covering water barrels with screens and instituting a quarantine against infected towns. Additionally, the local Board of Health had http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Southwest Center (Univ of Arizona)

“Our Local Board of Health Asserts that No Epidemic of Any Kind Exists in San Antonio”: State vs. Local Expertise in the 1903 Yellow Fever Quarantine

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Southwest Center (Univ of Arizona)
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Copyright © The Texas State Historical Association.
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0038-478x
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Abstract

This editorial cartoon appeared on November 19, 1903, in the San Antonio Daily Light following the lifting of the yellow fever quarantine. The image depicts the triumph of the anti-quarantine advocates, led by the Light, over the San Antonio Daily Express (commonly referred to as The Old Lady by the Light), a perceived supporter of the yellow fever diagnosis and the quarantine. “Our Local Board of Health Asserts that No Epidemic of Any Kind Exists in San Antonio”: State vs. Local Expertise in the 1903 Yellow Fever Quarantine By Ana Luisa Martínez-Catsam* n Saturday, October 17, 1903, thousands gathered as Texas Governor Samuel W. T. Lanham formally opened San Antonio’s Oannual International Exposition Fair. Since its inception, the fair had proven to be a significant event for the city, as it attracted thousands of visitors. San Antonio officials and merchants expected 1903’s attendance to exceed that of the previous year despite the outbreak of yellow fever, also referred to as “the black vomit,” along the Texas border with Mexico. San Antonio leaders had, after all, implemented sanitary precautions, such as covering water barrels with screens and instituting a quarantine against infected towns. Additionally, the local Board of Health had

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlySouthwest Center (Univ of Arizona)

Published: Jul 3, 2020

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