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Analysis

Fever, 1793 Allusions & Cultural References

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Lord Adam Gordon, Journal Entry (1.epigraph)
  • Gervase Markham, The English Housewife (2.epigraph)
  • Margaret Morris, Letter (3.epigraph)
  • Amelia Simmons, American Cookbook (4.epigraph)
  • Hannah More, The Young Lady Abroad or Affectionate Advice on the Social and Moral Habits of Females (5.epigraph)
  • Hannah Glasse, The Art of Cookery (6.epigraph)
  • John Gregory, A Father's Legacy to his Daughters (7.epigraph)
  • J. Henry C. Helmuth, Diary (8.epigraph)
  • Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac (9.epigraph)
  • Dr. Adam Kuhn (10.epigraph)
  • Ebenezer Hazard, Letter (11.epigraph, 12.epigraph)
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush, Speech to the Young Ladies Academy of Philadelphia (13.epigraph)
  • Philip Freneau, Pestilence: Written During the Prevalence of a Yellow Fever (14.epigraph, 20.epigraph)
  • Charles Brockden Brown, Arthur Mervyn; or Memoirs of the Year (15.epigraph)
  • Quaker prophecy (16.epigraph)
  • John Walsh, Letter (17.epigraph, 18.epigraph, 26.epigraph, 28.epigraph)
  • Bible, Psalm 4:8 (18.42)
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush, Letter (19.epigraph, 22.epigraph, 23.epigraph, 25.epigraph, 27.epigraph)
  • Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People During the Late Awful Calamity in Philadelphia in the Year 1793 (21.epigraph, 24.epigraph)
  • Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush (29.epigraph)
  • Petition of Citizens to the Council of Philadelphia (epilogue.epigraph)

Historical References

  • Jean Pierre Blanchard (1.8, 1.28, 25.52-25.53)
  • George Washington (4.3, 7.32, 8.66, 12.28, 15.42, 15.44, 28.31, 28.40-28.41)
  • Thomas Jefferson (4.26-27, 8.65)
  • Peale (5.25-5.26, 23.74, 26.58)
  • Martha Washington (7.32)
  • Free African Society (8.21, 15.1)
  • Rickett's Circus (8.45)
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush (9.27-9.28, 10.18, 14.53, 15.6, 22.53)
  • Stephen Girard (14.47-14.49)
  • The Declaration of Independence (14.53)
  • Alexander Hamilton (15.6)
  • William Ralston (16.51)
  • The Federal Gazette (20.41)
  • Reverend Richard Allen (21.3, 22.54)
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