Against a backdrop of racial tensions, a worldwide pandemic, and the coming of territorial status from the United States, this book examines the outbreak of plague in Honolulu in 1899/1900.
The world plague epidemic of the 1890s -- The "existing government" of Hawaii -- The arrival of Pestis -- The government's plague fighters -- Quarantine -- December's debates and "a sad Christmas present" -- The decision to use fire -- Public health policy and the "great doctor's meeting" -- Fighting with fire -- The burning of Chinatown -- Detention camps -- The triumvirate struggles on -- The frustrations of mopping up -- Aftermath.
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