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Dumping Place, c. 1913

Household Arts. Dumping Place in the Rear of Dwelling Houses
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_1638
Document Description
A dumping place behind houses, circa 1913.
Historical Challenges
Research the Industrial Revolution and the impact it had on the cholera epidemic.
How was immigration affected by this global epidemic?
How did New York City's Ellis Island handle the cholera epidemic?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Science: Research the discovery of antibiotics and the impact it has had on life expectancy rates.
English Language Arts: Write a journal entry from the perspective of a child living in a community in which a number of people have died from this disease. What are other people doing to protect themselves? What conditions exist that contribute to the spread of the disease? What social class do people belong to, and how does this affect the spread of the disease?
Rosenberg, Charles. Cholera Years in the United States in 1832. University of Chicago Press, November 1990. ISBN: 0226726770
Cefrey, Holly, et al. Epidemics: Deadly Diseases Throughout History: The Plague, AIDS, Tuberculosis, Cholera, Small Pox, Polio, Influenza, Malaria. Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, January 2002. ISBN: 0823997189
Katz, Bobbie. We the People: Poems. HarperCollins Publishers, August 2000. ISBN: 0688165311
Lamond, Margrete. Plague and Pestilence: Deadly Diseases that Changed the World. Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited, October 1997. ISBN: 186448456X
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793. Simon & Schuster Children's, February 2002. ISBN: 0689848919
Cushman, Karen. Matilda Bone. Random House Children's Books, March 2002. ISBN: 0440418224

Historical Context
Poor or absent sanitation facilities throughout cities and rural areas created many health problems for communities.  One fast-spreading epidemic was cholera. Many parts of New York State experienced this scary disease.  Cholera was  caused by drinking and eating food and water which were contaminated by someone else who already had cholera.
Essential Question
How do human settlement patterns impact individual health and well being?