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How the 1721 Boston smallpox epidemic changed medicine, launched a free press and helped win the American Revolution


A new book chronicles how a smallpox epidemic, the knowledge of a slave and political unrest changed US history and medical science.

Franklin asked, "Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens?"

‘Droves’ of German migrants arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1750s and Benjamin Franklin went berserk

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