American Contagions by John Fabian Witt audiobook

American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19

By John Fabian Witt
Read by Mike Chamberlain

Tantor Audio 9780300257274

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665190534

  • ISBN: 9781665190527

  • ISBN: 9781665190541

Runtime: 2.93 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A concise history of how American law has shaped—and been shaped by—the experience of contagion, "taking us from the smallpox outbreaks of the colonies to COVID-19. . . . The conclusion [Witt] arrives at is devastating." —Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

From yellow fever to smallpox to polio to AIDS to COVID-19, epidemics have prompted Americans to make choices and answer questions about their basic values and their laws. In five concise chapters, historian John Fabian Witt traces the legal history of epidemics, showing how infectious disease has both shaped, and been shaped by, the law. Arguing that throughout American history legal approaches to public health have been liberal for some communities and authoritarian for others, Witt shows us how history's answers to the major questions brought up by previous epidemics help shape our answers today: What is the relationship between individual liberty and the common good? What is the role of the federal government, and what is the role of the states? Will long-standing traditions of government and law give way to the social imperatives of an epidemic? Will we let the inequities of our mixed tradition continue?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Timely…Contrarians and the civic-minded alike will find Witt’s legal survey a fascinating resource.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: John Fabian Witt

Author Bio: John Fabian Witt

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 2.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English