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Plague and FireBattling Black Death and the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown$
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James C. Mohr

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.001.0001

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Fighting with Fire

Fighting with Fire

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Plague and Fire

James C. Mohr (Contributor Webpage)

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Beginning New Year's Day 1900, whenever anyone died of bubonic plague, surviving residents of the same building were relocated to detention camps for surveillance and the building itself was burned. The Citizens' Sanitary Commission, often at odds with the Board of Health, conducted inspections of individuals and suspected plague sites throughout Honolulu. Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian charitable societies organized to aid the people who were rendered homeless by this fire policy.

Keywords:   Citizens' Sanitary Commission, Board of Health, Charitable societies, detention camps, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiians

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