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Bennett discusses prejudice during NYC's cholera outbreaks in Truthout

May 26, 2020


David H. Bennett

David H. Bennett

David Bennett, professor emeritus of history, was interviewed for the Truthout article "What New York City’s Cholera Epidemics Can Teach Us in the Age of COVID-19." News about cholera breaking out among Asians on board ships from China and India en route to Europe and North America fueled stereotypes about infection, exacerbating anti-immigrant sentiment. According to Bennett, immigrants "drew hostility because of their poverty; the diseases they brought with them after the perilous ocean voyage; [and] the slum housing they were forced to live in." 05/26/20

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