The Pox and the Covenant: Mather, Franklin, and the Epidemic That Changed America's Destiny

August 19, 2016, 4pm - 5pm
Hennage Auditorium
326 W. Francis St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

Author Tony Williams discusses a fascinating episode of American medical history: Boston's 1721 smallpox epidemic. The clergy advocated fasting and prayer. But a new theory came from the scientific world: inoculation. Famed Puritan minister Cotton Mather led the group putting its faith in science, to be joined--though not immediately--by a young Benjamin Franklin. A book singing will follow the lecture. (1 hour)