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 ony 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.”
Author Jeffrey S. Copeland is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature.
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