This is an engaging story about a little-known part of American history. In 1793 there was an outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia that killed five thousand people, which was ten percent of the population. Many people who would have otherwise lived died because they were abandoned by their friends and families who were afraid of catching their fever. There were, however, notable exceptions such as the members of the Free African Society in Philadelphia, many of whom volunteered around the city, helping the sick and those left behind.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
4th - 6th Grade
Tags: Historical Fiction, Family Life, People of Color