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Talk - Plague in Paradise: The Black Death in Los Angeles, 1924 - Free Event

Date: 18-Oct-2018



Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm - Free Event

Plague in Paradise: The Black Death in Los Angeles, 1924

By Jeffrey S. Copeland

Jeffrey S. Copeland will talk about his new book, Plague in Paradise.  Plague in Paradise is a powerful narrative of the 1924 Los Angeles pneumonic plague outbreak and gives readers an all-encompassing view of what happened during this turbulent time.  The terror of the two-week span that took the lives of almost 50 people created a scene of unrest not only for the victims and their families in the Mexican community, but also for the Los Angeles city government.  Plague in Paradise dives into the manifestations of fear, racism, and greed that the civic and medical leaders had to confront in their quest to transform Los Angeles into "the Paradise of the West."

About the Author

Jeffrey S. Copeland is a professor in the Department of Languages and Lituratures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature and English Education.  He has authored and edited over two dozen books, including Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WWII and Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind Shelley v. Kraemer.  He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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