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MALARIA: The first Pandemic in the New
Malaria is thought to have originated in Africa and could
very well have been brought to Hispaniola by sailors aboard the Niña,
Pinta or Santa Maria in 1492 or soon thereafter.
A British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross, determined in 1881 that a
parasite is conveyed from victim to victim by a female mosquito of the
genus Anopheles that uses the blood of one sufferer to nourish her
eggs, soon to be injected in another victim.
The process is very efficient. Each year, approximately
210-million persons “catch” malaria and about 440,000 of them die.
In 1889, The French abandoned the construction of the Panama
Canal due to death of sickened workers there. Once malaria and yellow
fever were quelled by Major Walter Reed, a military doctor who killed
mosquitos by pouring oil on water, engineers Carlos Finlay and William
Gorgas concluded the project In 1914.
-Phil Richardson. Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition
Tommy Ross follows his older brothers to be an apprentice in the
hazardous trade of mining coal. It is doubly dangerous, for his
father has been sent to organize a local union in a "company
owned" coal camp. "The Prosperity Coal Company" is a novel based
on actual events that occurred all across the coal belt, when
America was on the cusp of the great depression, and union wars