Pandemics In The 19th Century

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The 19th century was, by every definition of the word, a simultaneously onerous and distressing time in Europe. Empires and regimes collapsed like dominos, one after the other. Mass famine, caused by factors as extensive and diverse as severe climate abnormalities to colossal, all-out wars, led to the suffering and death of many. With farmers no longer financially independent, poverty reared its ugly head. The utter lack of any kind of political or religious freedom was widely conspicuous. In Italy, for example, the catholic church had a remarkably simple approach: you were free to accept the ideology imposed on you, or be made to suffer for eternity. In London, child labor became as abundant as the lumps of coal those children were tasked to mine. It should be noted that said children, who entered the workforce at the age of 5, were statistically unlikely to reach the grand old age of 25. One could scarcely forget the pandemics, which spread like wildfire, infusing communities and families with despair. The Americas were undoubtedly going through difficult times of their own, culminating in the bloody and generally abhorrent Civil War which finally ended in 1865. At a time…show more content…
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