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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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The Decision to Use Fire

The Decision to Use Fire

(p.83) 7 The Decision to Use Fire
Plague and Fire

James C. Mohr (Contributor Webpage)

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The Board of Health decided on New Year's Eve that quarantine alone would not eradicate bubonic plague from Honolulu. Following a suggestion from civilian power-broker Lorrin Thurston, and acting on their understanding of bacteriology, the three physicians implemented a new policy of burning confirmed plague sites. This policy evoked further protest from Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiians, and white landowners.

Keywords:   Board of Health, bubonic plague, protest, bacteriology, Lorrin Thurston, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiians

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