The Bubonic Plague in... San Francisco?

21-Noy, 2020
566 342 Ko‘rishlar soni

That time San Francisco was plagued by THE LITERAL PLAGUE.
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Mortician: Caitlin Doughty
Producer & Writer: Louise Hung (@LouiseHung1)
Editor & Graphics: Landis Blair (@landisblair)
"Black Death ('Hollaback Girl' by Gwen Stefani)": historyteachers
This video was largely informed by "Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague" by David K. Randall. Thank you to Mr. Randall for your exhaustive research and illuminating insight.
We'd also like thank Marilyn Chase for her book, "The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco". Thank you Ms. Chase for your research and thoughtful explanations.
Go read about the plague everyone!

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Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague
Randall, David K. W. W. Norton & Company. New York, 2019.
The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
Chase, Marilyn. Random House. New York, 2003.
"San Francisco's bubonic plague epidemic has eerie parallels to modern day"
"San Francisco’s Plague Years"
"Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death",go%20on%20to%20bite%20humans.
"Rats May Not Be to Blame for Spreading the 'Black Death'"
"Studies reveal how plague disables immune system, and how to exploit the process to make a vaccine"
"The ‘Chinese Flu’ Is Part of a Long History of Racializing Disease"

  • I love that you all love the "plague song" in this video! Alas it did not come from my brain, check out the full song here:

    Caitlin Doughty – Ask A MorticianCaitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician2 oy oldin
    • I knew the video the second I heard it, I love the history teachers songs🙂

      Maggie EMaggie EKun oldin
    • Shout-out to my freshman geography and history of the world teacher for getting my class hooked on all the songs

      Jack CombsJack Combs4 kun oldin
    • I just noticed that Historyteachers had uploaded a new HD version of the Black Death song a few hours ago. They now have new videos! I can't help but think Caitlin's use of the song on this video helped revive the channel... :D

      RenzXVIRenzXVI5 kun oldin
    • Theres at least one usually a couple of bubonic plagues each year in the USA, same for leprosy!

      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOES!Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOES!8 kun oldin
    • @DollsAndSpooks "Hey, don't blame me! And watch where you put that swab!". I am a fan of bats, and hate the fact some people will eat them. We need them for killing mosquitoes and propagating seed distribution of berries and other seed fruit.

      Tuxi Talk 1Tuxi Talk 111 kun oldin
  • We've learned so much?

    Jim FortuneJim FortuneSoat oldin
  • ♥️♥️👍👍love your videos, very insightful and informative.

    MexicanReformistMexicanReformist7 soat oldin
  • I love for Caitlin yelling ‘Raaatttsss’ in the stress of San Francisco.

    Antonette YbarraAntonette Ybarra7 soat oldin
  • It took them 8 years to get their act together omg. That’s awful. I’m glad it had a happy ending. Makes me hopeful that maybe things now will.

    craisins95craisins9510 soat oldin
  • Surely you know Donald called it the China plague NOT the Chinese plague. He was referring to it coming from China and their failure to contain it.

    KS 29KS 2914 soat oldin
  • Ive just found your channel tonight!! Bloody brilliant!! New subscriber 🤪

    Kelly WalshKelly Walsh16 soat oldin
  • I loved the cameo appearances of cheeto trump

    Regina HolomanRegina Holoman16 soat oldin
  • Seldom attacks Europeans....Ummm wasnt like 60% of Europe Decimated by this same plague in the 1300s and 1600s???

    AsigedgeAsigedge19 soat oldin
  • Australia has an outbreak of the plague in 1890’s to early 1900’s in the outback 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Jess EssJess EssKun oldin
  • This is the only gender wage gap i approve

    Charlotte BerrymanCharlotte BerrymanKun oldin
  • Why pandemics and shit always starting in China tho? Well even if this didn’t start in China the third wave did so I wanna say the first did as well for some reason. Weirdddddddd

    Jadyn PetoJadyn PetoKun oldin
  • “The plague fake!” Lmao I couldn’t keep it together after the third one! Thankfully I didn’t wake up my fiancé lol also gotta love that egg leg!

    Logan VannorLogan VannorKun oldin
  • 4:58 buboes lol

    Bored InsomniacBored InsomniacKun oldin
  • Is it legally ok to take jewelry off of a dead relative before being buried? I didn’t think it was ok but recently someone did this so we are wondering if we can do anything about it.

    Judy BairdJudy BairdKun oldin
  • America has a long tradition of amplifying and overreacting. And the media certainly is guilty of playing up any threat. Did Spain really attack the US? Maybe this statement is true but the media could not be trusted then in 1898, as most seem to agree, so why would we trust them in 1900 or 2020? The Spanish-American War (Spanish: Guerra hispano-estadounidense or Guerra hispano-americana; Filipino: Digmaang Espanyol-Amerikano) was an armed conflict between Spain and the United States in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to U.S. intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. The war led to the U.S. emerging predominant in the Caribbean region,[15] and resulted in U.S. acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions. That led to U.S. involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately to the Philippine-American War

    Umberto AmanteUmberto AmanteKun oldin
  • I'm a rat too. I like your stories.

    Adam NilesAdam NilesKun oldin
  • Read Boccaccio's "Decameron" for some bawdy stories occurring around the plague as it overtook Italy in the 14th Century. It's worth your time! Also read Chaucer's, "The Pardoner's Tale." It's short and "death-ly."

    Bev M-LBev M-LKun oldin
  • Holy crap. The resemblance is uncanny. 100 years later and well..... Unsettling to say the least.

    rachel ericsonrachel ericsonKun oldin
  • "There's probably a rat near you right now" Hmmm. **looks around** I dunno. I live on the third floor of an apartment complex, in a clean Finnish neighborhood, in the middle of winter. Now I'm actually curious where the nearest rat to me is! There's definitely a lot of nature around, but I've never seen a rat outside, let alone inside - I don't even get spiders or bugs in this apartment, so if a rat is hiding under something, then he hella sneaky.

    Imagine KudryavkaImagine Kudryavka2 kun oldin
  • Funny thing is Guangdong is the birthplace of the current nasties that have invaded the world.. What the heck goes on there? Perhaps it is time to backfill the town in 3 feet of concrete. Seems like this place is where everything bad gets its start.

    Rishi BeautyRishi Beauty2 kun oldin
  • As others probably pointed out here, Rat isn't a bad sign. Rats come first in the Chinese zodiac. It's a long story, but Buddha arranged a race of all the animals to see who would be first in this system, and Rat won by a nose: Rat was clever enough to hitch a rode with Ox, and climbed onto his snout at the end of the race, so technically he finished first by having his whole body over the finish line before Ox. Rat people are clever, quit witted, sociable, persuasive, and talkative. On the downside, they can also be meddlesome know-it-alls that some might mistake as terrible gossips, but truly Rats are just great informants that almost never pass along "fake news" without good reason.

    Max CovfefeMax Covfefe2 kun oldin
    • @The Slippery Noodle yeah, it's an old story told many ways.

      Max CovfefeMax Covfefe9 soat oldin
    • Makes me think of the anime Fruits Basket! The cat was kicked out of the zodiac in that anime. 🐈

      The Slippery NoodleThe Slippery Noodle9 soat oldin
  • This was my favorite! I lived in San Francisco for 20 years up above Chinatown. One day I was riding through the tenderloin. Some one threw a radio out of the window at the bus and the woman next to me said “ how Medieval “. I thought that was funny and ironic. I would have really laughed my ass off if I’d known about this.

    Elsa&lisaElsa&lisa2 kun oldin
  • I like your energy when talking about death. Making it interesting 😀. Time to get a plague doctors outfit.

    TerranStrikerTerranStriker2 kun oldin
  • Amazing to see the denialism, was alive and well then too. I thought it was really bad this past year and perhaps people back then had a little more sense. Due to how San Fran. handled the 1918 flu pandemic's second wave, which was better than this plague outbreak. They locked down before it got to them really bad in 1918 and were more proactive by then. This was very interesting and I now get precisely why, they in particular, took pathogens more seriously by 1918. History repeats itself in 2020-2021. People just don't get it, but thank goodness for the scientifically literate in infectious disease, who do take it seriously. Like you Caitlin, bravo with that ending.

    Bill Does StuffBill Does Stuff2 kun oldin
  • Wow, over a thousand salty ass buboes with cognitive dissonance... Appreciate you Caitlin. History hurts. Tell it anyway.

    Brighid NicholeBrighid Nichole2 kun oldin
  • Suddenly... I feel like I'm living in 1900

    Rowan LamoureuxRowan Lamoureux2 kun oldin
  • BJ/DSL lips....

    mgee63mgee632 kun oldin
  • I go too excited at hearing "Shine on Harvest Moon" in the background!

    Georgia CamachoGeorgia Camacho2 kun oldin
  • I just love your humor!

    Rita McCartt-KordonRita McCartt-Kordon2 kun oldin
  • Wow! It's incredible that after all this time, we keep making the same mistakes...

    Angélica CalderónAngélica Calderón2 kun oldin
  • I love this awesome lady 😍

    Trump coward TraitoratTrump coward Traitorat2 kun oldin
  • so it starts every time in china, and then covid started from there as well. Im starting to see a pattern here.

    Kossolax the ForeswornKossolax the Foresworn3 kun oldin
    • @The Slippery Noodle or generally filthy, eating shit that isnt real food and practicing "medicine" that is killing hundreds of species into extinction around the globe, and gives you diseases while at it.

      Kossolax the ForeswornKossolax the Foresworn4 soat oldin
    • I would say primarily large population.

      The Slippery NoodleThe Slippery Noodle9 soat oldin
  • I'm a female tiger. That's bad news for you!

    ixtasisixtasis3 kun oldin
  • 'We can wear a mask' best line ever with this video

    Queen JellyfishQueen Jellyfish3 kun oldin
  • You do the very best videos on UZworld!I love the way you handle every single subject and present facts with interesting style!You're witty and pretty too?I believe I'm going to love it here!Fan for life!You're a gifted speaker and very knowledgeable about your craft!

  • This needs to be made into a movie, it’s fascinating

    Rose from UKRose from UK3 kun oldin
  • aaannnnd people compare covid to this........ no this shit's scary

    Auna Breslin gamingAuna Breslin gaming3 kun oldin
  • Your English accent in the beginning wasn’t actually terrible!

    Aziza BrownAziza Brown3 kun oldin
  • The gut of the flea becomes blocked by the bacteria of the plague, causing it to vomit contaminated blood onto the bite of the victim thusly spreading the plague. It’s not the flea bite alone but the contaminated vomit getting into the wound that causes the infection. Also there are other forms of the plague apart from bubonic which had the highest rate of survival, there was pneumonic then last septicemic plague with the highest death rate.

    Kat JKat J3 kun oldin
  • 22:27 My cat, curled up next to me, shifted in her sleep.

    Tiny WalnutTiny Walnut3 kun oldin
  • Dr. Fauci in 2020

    Reina NijinskyReina Nijinsky3 kun oldin
  • For a serious topic I spent half the time laughing. I also learned something new. Win win. Those poor rats and guinea pigs :(

    Nanuq 83Nanuq 833 kun oldin
  • SIR... It was Rats.

    Kraven JamesKraven James3 kun oldin
  • I will never forget the (recentish) year that a concert series was going on in my home state of Colorado and authorities had to beg people not sleep and camp at the site (A tradition for said concert series) because the bubonic plague was in the prairie dogs.

    Ava GraceAva Grace3 kun oldin
  • Why did I think cats had something to do with getting rid of the rats? Guess they have fleas too though...yeah

    BackruborbustBackruborbust3 kun oldin
  • This sounds like what we are going through now,

    Margie BurkeMargie Burke3 kun oldin
  • and history keeps repeating itself again and again. If only people dared to learn a bit of it.....

    Jhonathan AzeredoJhonathan Azeredo3 kun oldin
  • This would be an amazing movie! I would so watch it

    Vjobs10Vjobs103 kun oldin
  • Funniest line? "There's a car coming, so I have to do my dramatic reveal!" Darn real life getting in the way of dramatic presentations!

    the 10ththe 10th4 kun oldin
  • So they tried with a dr.White first and then went for a dr.Blue?

    Rolf Erik BakløkkRolf Erik Bakløkk4 kun oldin
  • Love this episode. Caitlin is the Best storyteller/historian. 💖👍

    Ann KingAnn King4 kun oldin
  • So, nothing's new realy.

    Klaas SiersmaKlaas Siersma4 kun oldin
  • She said Plague death Plague death Plague death Plague death I heard Egg leg Egg leg Egg leg Egg leg

    Joshula WilliamsJoshula Williams4 kun oldin
  • this sounds.. familiar....

    Yeeyee RvtbtnnynynttbbtwbrbfYeeyee Rvtbtnnynynttbbtwbrbf4 kun oldin
  • actually nowadays the Quebec flag - that yellow jack (which also means the letter Q) - has an opposite meaning than in the old days, i.e. now it signals authorities that the ship flying it is free from disease and ready to be boarded for inspection and other procedures when arriving in a port (especially when coming from abroad)

    Bogdan SorleaBogdan Sorlea4 kun oldin
  • you have there an ikon of the Virgin Mary with Jesus in the style of eastern orthodox christian religion (greek/byzantine)?

    Bogdan SorleaBogdan Sorlea4 kun oldin
    • I noticed that too.

      Jaroslava LonchynaJaroslava Lonchyna2 kun oldin
  • Wow....120 years later and this all sounds very familiar.....

    Matthew FleshmanMatthew Fleshman4 kun oldin
  • Suspected infected rats had their cells cultured and then injected in guinea pigs to confirm the diagnosis. Then the rat carcasses were burned. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GUINEA PIGS?!?! (And when did guinea pigs volunteer to be ‘guinea pigs’?)

    Sarah RosenSarah Rosen4 kun oldin
  • *OOH FLEAS ON RATS, FLEAS ON RATS* YO that was my hs world history teacher's jam. 😂😂😂😂😂

    Sarah HorningSarah Horning4 kun oldin
  • Worlds most underrated video.

    Joey MoursalianJoey Moursalian4 kun oldin
  • Ah, how little things change. New pandemic, same shenanigans.

    dunnowy123dunnowy1234 kun oldin
  • Nooooooooooooooooo

    B WelkinatorB Welkinator4 kun oldin
  • From the very start, the bigger meaning wasn't lost on me. Thank you so much Caitlin!!! UZworld on with whatever topics please you Queen Mortician!

    Aimee Huntley HuntleyAimee Huntley Huntley4 kun oldin
  • We went on the tunnels tour in Seattle a number of years ago. The guide said that not long after the "tunnels" came into existence, they were mostly closed off due to plaque rats from the nearby docks. True?

    Jan TarasoffJan Tarasoff4 kun oldin
  • So Henry Gage invented the "Fake News", and witty nicknames for people who didn't agree with him? Also knew more about disease than the experts? Under the thumb of big business? Familiar hairline? Did he have any great grandchildren that went into politics? Recently?

    BaernoBaerno4 kun oldin
  • I was sure she would jump on the next ferry to Hawaii 😀

    Dimitar YDimitar Y4 kun oldin
  • This is starting to sound very familiar 🤔

    Zippy101Zippy1014 kun oldin
  • I just noticed that Historyteachers had uploaded a new HD version of the Black Death song a few hours ago. They now have new videos! I can't help but think Caitlin's use of the song on this video helped revive the channel... :D

    RenzXVIRenzXVI5 kun oldin
  • Covid is not the plague. Its a cold virus. 99.95% survival rate. Masks are a placebo.

    Brandon ThailandBrandon Thailand5 kun oldin
  • How annoying. “Don’t make this about race....” I’d be like, “B-ish, I didn’t. Feel free to sample your own advice tho. “

    Human BeingHuman Being5 kun oldin
  • "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Damn! We are bad at History.

    World Society for the Protection of VocalistsWorld Society for the Protection of Vocalists5 kun oldin
  • Whacha gonna do with all that pus, all that pus inside your lump?

    Rei ZRei Z5 kun oldin
  • Fucking Skaven!!!

    Aegri SomniaAegri Somnia5 kun oldin
  • Thank you very much for making this video. It is a very good history lesson.

    S DMS DM6 kun oldin
  • I love Caitlin's videos, but I'm afraid her political bias is showing a little bit. First off, Covid does belong to China. They created it in their lab. They let it infect the world. China owns this. Secondly, don't conflate Covid with the Bubonic Plague. They are not the same in terms of their morbidity rate for the numbers who contract it.

    Knott ReelKnott Reel6 kun oldin
  • I don't care for a latte, I prefer a littlte. The big bucks - not more, just larger, like the lottery checks.

    Scott CScott C6 kun oldin
  • poor ratties :(

    AurigaAuriga6 kun oldin
  • I'm not a fan of death when it comes to me. I like your Bettie Page hair.

    gladto begonegladto begone7 kun oldin
  • I thought she was going to talk about the current crop of plague rats running thru the trash in ol Frisco..

    Joe BlazerJoe Blazer7 kun oldin
  • Bubonic Plague is EXTREMELY different then a glorified cold that has a 99.9% recovery rate!! More people have died from driving but continue to drive, more people have died from the flu yet we didn’t hide from that either... You love research 🧐 check out the CDC...they’re declaring mask usage is ineffective. I adore you and your videos but then you have to take a political and bullying route... every liberals favorite go to... “He DoWn PlAyEd ThE vIrUsE” but all the while there’s VIDEO OF NANCY AND BELOVED FAUCI PARTYING IN China town telling people “it’s no big deal” “no need to wear mask or worry” and all the while Trumps being called a xenophobic for restricting travel to and from China! The hypocrisy is thick and I can’t fathom almost like y’all so blinded with hate that you neglect the hypocrisy and lunacy of the Democratic Party. Orange man bad.

    Rebecca RealiRebecca Reali7 kun oldin
    • And I’ll add because you take what he said out of context and edited for your own agenda...he didn’t call it the “China plague” or “China virus” because he thinks Europeans can’t get it, he calls it that because it CaMe FrOm ChIna!

      Rebecca RealiRebecca Reali7 kun oldin
  • We have over 40,000 homeless in Silicon Valley, our local politicians have done little to nothing to address the issue.

    Art VaderArt Vader7 kun oldin
  • Great history lesson! Thanks!

    Meredith SeidlMeredith Seidl7 kun oldin
  • You know you would be an awesome SCP narrator. Especially SCP-049 😉

    MannyBot -DEAF-MannyBot -DEAF-8 kun oldin
  • Caitlin, I absolutely love your videos ,they are both informative and entertaining !. Tonight I was listening to COAST TO COAST with George Norry at work ( radio talk show) George told the audience he has NEVER had on a mortician. ..and said he would love to have one on. You were the first person that pooped in my mind... Please contact George Norry.. he has millions of listeners...just think of all your new followers to come.

    Michele AustinMichele Austin8 kun oldin
  • Lol she gave me major apothecary vibes with the intro

    Toasted MacaronToasted Macaron8 kun oldin
  • Caitlin we love you! You are our dark, dead, rat history queen who always has the right memes and songs for the occasion. Your ability to combine good information, story telling, and current issues is astonishing, and to top it all off you are stunning! Thank you for this video as well as all the others!

    BellaBella8 kun oldin
  • I was eating a burrito or at least trying when the discussion of rats and fleas started 🤢

    A GA G8 kun oldin
  • when you said wear a mask i spit my coffee out lol

    john rooboljohn roobol9 kun oldin
  • Wooooow, there were do many deer around you!

    MistakenlyAwesomeMistakenlyAwesome9 kun oldin
  • Again... China

    erich mollererich moller9 kun oldin
  • It is still endemic in Yosemite and up near the Oregon border. Don't play with squirrels in those areas.

    Michelle LinderMichelle Linder9 kun oldin
  • Why do I feel like history repeated itself but this time with covid?

    Nekomi SonNekomi Son9 kun oldin
  • Sounds like ebola

    Stacy CollierStacy Collier9 kun oldin
  • Intensities in tent cities... interesting. Aw, RATS - it's the plague! *_Ring around the rosies / A pocket full of posies / Ashes, ashes / All fall down /_* Funny how a children's song preserves that awful memory. Now *_that's_* what I call a meme. I also find it interesting that we say, "Rats!" as an interjection. Not snakes, turtles, worms, frogs, etc. Rats. Hmm... tavi.

    Richard DeeseRichard Deese10 kun oldin
  • "Here! He says he's not dead!" "Yes he is!" *_'I'm getting better...'_* By the way, Ms. Rat: I'm a Snake. "Run away! Run away!" :) tavi.

    Richard DeeseRichard Deese10 kun oldin
  • Caitlyn can you please do a video about the rabies virus?

    janae linderjanae linder10 kun oldin
  • I need that song in my cellphone

    Any OMAny OM10 kun oldin
  • crush

    Kenneth FrazeeKenneth Frazee10 kun oldin
  • i’ve grown up in the bay area and spent a lot of my childhood in sf chinatown. people act like it’s a lawless place because of stuff like this happening and it’s just not fair. in any case, the story of the sf bay area is really interesting.

    Pres NicelyPres Nicely11 kun oldin