The Morality of Carelessness: The Montclair Typhoid Epidemic of 1894

Dan Capriotti


Abstract: As Montclair began to develop from a small town into a prosperous suburb in the late 19th Century, an outbreak of typhoid swept through the community, killing as many as fifty people. An investigation uncovered evidence of carelessness if not outright incompetence, but no officials were held accountable for the tragedy.

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