African Americans and the Cholera Epidemic of 1873

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Cholera ravaged the United States in 1873. In the aftermath of epidemic the federal government took action, as the U.S. House and Senate issued a joint resolution in the spring of 1874 to explore its causes. At the end of the year the report was completed and by January of 1875 the report was on the desk of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Action Plan[edit | edit source]

The report on the cholera epidemic is part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set; volume 1646 of the 43rd Congress, 2nd session, House executive document 95. It can be accessed in print form, microfiche, and online through Google Books.

Throughout the report references can be found in regard to African American victims, survivors, and others. In addition, there is substantial information on their occupations, living environment, and community descriptions. This is valuable information which needs to be exposed through the creation of an index.

Individuals are being asked to collectively devote their time to reading portions of the report and adding the African American names in the appropriate section below.

All of the states and counties mentioned in the report will be listed by June 30, 2010; at present only the state of Louisiana is available.

For any questions you may have, contact Tim Pinnick at

Narratives[edit | edit source]


Orleans Parish/New Orleans
Jefferson Parish
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St. James Parish
Madison Parish
La Fourche Parish
Ouachita Parish
Baton Rouge Parish
Concordia Parish
Carroll Parish
St. Mary's Parish