The Bubonic Plague in... San Francisco?

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Caitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician

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That time San Francisco was plagued by THE LITERAL PLAGUE.
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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.
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Caitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician
Caitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician 2 ամիս առաջ
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:
Scott Richards
Scott Richards Օր առաջ
Wow well done 👍✅
peachy girl
peachy girl Օր առաջ
The begining of this video gives me York/london dungeon vibes. (10/10 recommend the horrors of history there )
Maggie E
Maggie E 3 օր առաջ
I knew the video the second I heard it, I love the history teachers songs🙂
Jack Combs
Jack Combs 6 օր առաջ
Shout-out to my freshman geography and history of the world teacher for getting my class hooked on all the songs
RenzXVI 7 օր առաջ
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
Lyndsay McFadzean
Lyndsay McFadzean 12 րոպե առաջ
Mind the man in the big white van Caitlin!! pmsl
Missy 2 ժամ առաջ
Lol trump saying “the China plague” we’ll... I it did come from China
J Sam
J Sam 8 ժամ առաջ
MiSTR JT 8 ժամ առաջ
My office is in the background on Broadway and Kearny. I wish I'd seen you there so I could have said hi cuz I think you're awesome and funny af! 👍
Ned K
Ned K 9 ժամ առաջ
luv the trump inserts
Sheronda Lewis
Sheronda Lewis 11 ժամ առաջ
Really love when you sing...because that's something I would do with random thoughts...or doing random things. Like, " Kerrygold butter is better" or whatever but, it keeps me sane! Anyway, really like your channel a lot because I love history and it's fascinating to hear about certain stories about death (I also look at visiting gravesites of the stars). And I think you are awesome!!
DreamBelief 13 ժամ առաջ
Caitlin go to Kuala lumpur! There's a coffin shop literally called "fook chun's coffin shop" near China town
Tommy Gun
Tommy Gun 13 ժամ առաջ
It seems like, back in those years, nature was trying to show how much of a s***hole San Francisco was already. Humans didn't listen, and ol' San Fran is still a s**hole in 2021... Humans are prone to keep repeating same old mistakes over and over again. Next one: communism!
Tommy Gun
Tommy Gun 14 ժամ առաջ
You know what's funny with leftists? They can't do their thing without including their hate for President Donald J. Trump. That mental illness is transforming in hate for President Trump supporters... That's a call for unity from leftist, isn't? LMFAO! The truth is President Trump still playing on leftists like they were fiddles. And his supporters, we live in your minds rent free! XD Excellent videos by the way. I love this channel.
jaime worms
jaime worms 2 ժամ առաջ
hes..not the president anymore you can stop
Ice Cactus
Ice Cactus 15 ժամ առաջ
Kill the humans save the rats
Kenny Maria
Kenny Maria 16 ժամ առաջ
There's rats in my room currently. Pet rats are cool
Michael Stott
Michael Stott 21 ժամ առաջ
And then San Francisco had the worst numbers of the Spanish Flu😶
cat magic
cat magic 23 ժամ առաջ
Why does my reply to a comment keep disappearing! I repost, but instantly, its gone! Not fair! I even deleted parts I thought might be offensive to some if you really stretch it. What's going on?!
cat magic
cat magic 23 ժամ առաջ
OMG! Every pandemic folllows the same patterns, caused by corrupt politicians. Diaper Donnie is NOT A GENIUS. SURPRISE SURPRISE! 💩😈💩
stemcellwhoax Օր առաջ
So crazy I just started Warrior and this came up on my feed.
john t
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HyuugaC0bicat Օր առաջ
eradicated.... e-rat-icated
Jacob Mayhew
Jacob Mayhew Օր առաջ
I love your sarcasm! You make me laugh and make my day x
Kay Lee Howard
Kay Lee Howard Օր առաջ
Caitlin tells it like is! She doesn’t die history it’s not her fault the ppl of San Fran were racist it’s just facts
MaiCohWolf Օր առաջ
"The Chinese didn't want there to be plague. The government didn't want there to be plague. The press didn't want there to be plague. So everyone just goes, 'No plague here!'" It's amazing how knowing history can help us predict the future. It seems like humans never change.
Fat fluffy Bunny
Fat fluffy Bunny Օր առաջ
"look for plague,but not for anything incriminating" feels like "the less tests we have,the less cases there are"... America
Shnikki_Reads Օր առաջ
omg i just died with that little piece of the History Teacher's Bubonic Plague song lol
Jim Fortune
Jim Fortune Օր առաջ
We've learned so much?
MexicanReformist 2 օր առաջ
♥️♥️👍👍love your videos, very insightful and informative.
Antonette Ybarra
Antonette Ybarra 2 օր առաջ
I love for Caitlin yelling ‘Raaatttsss’ in the stress of San Francisco.
craisins95 2 օր առաջ
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.
KS 29
KS 29 2 օր առաջ
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.
Kelly Walsh
Kelly Walsh 2 օր առաջ
Ive just found your channel tonight!! Bloody brilliant!! New subscriber 🤪
Regina Holoman
Regina Holoman 2 օր առաջ
I loved the cameo appearances of cheeto trump
Asigedge 2 օր առաջ
Seldom attacks Europeans....Ummm wasnt like 60% of Europe Decimated by this same plague in the 1300s and 1600s???
Jess Ess
Jess Ess 3 օր առաջ
Australia has an outbreak of the plague in 1890’s to early 1900’s in the outback 🤷🏻‍♀️
Charlotte Berryman
Charlotte Berryman 3 օր առաջ
This is the only gender wage gap i approve
Jadyn Peto
Jadyn Peto 3 օր առաջ
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
Logan Vannor
Logan Vannor 3 օր առաջ
“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!
Bored Insomniac
Bored Insomniac 3 օր առաջ
4:58 buboes lol
Judy Baird
Judy Baird 3 օր առաջ
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.
Umberto Amante
Umberto Amante 3 օր առաջ
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
Adam Niles
Adam Niles 3 օր առաջ
I'm a rat too. I like your stories.
Bev M-L
Bev M-L 3 օր առաջ
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."
rachel ericson
rachel ericson 3 օր առաջ
Holy crap. The resemblance is uncanny. 100 years later and well..... Unsettling to say the least.
Imagine Kudryavka
Imagine Kudryavka 3 օր առաջ
"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.
Rishi Beauty
Rishi Beauty 4 օր առաջ
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.
Fat fluffy Bunny
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COVID originally spread to a human because a animal researcher f*cked a ape in the early 1900s,but the outbreak did start in china because there are big markets with food,leather, fur and other animal(parts), these places are never truly sanatary and infections and viruses can travel from one to the next extremely easily,in these markets you can buy parts of dogs, cats, spiders and you guessed it,bats. A lot of people (especially older people) don't know much about bacteria and crosscontamination (not washing their hands,knives, cutting boards where a lot of blood and bacteria sits), that's where covid came from Edit: covid is originally a animal sickness that didn't spread to humans before,but by having sex with a ape or by eating a infected animal it can spread to humans
Max Covfefe
Max Covfefe 4 օր առաջ
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 Covfefe
Max Covfefe 2 օր առաջ
@The Slippery Noodle yeah, it's an old story told many ways.
The Slippery Noodle
The Slippery Noodle 2 օր առաջ
Makes me think of the anime Fruits Basket! The cat was kicked out of the zodiac in that anime. 🐈
Elsa&lisa 4 օր առաջ
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.
TerranStriker 4 օր առաջ
I like your energy when talking about death. Making it interesting 😀. Time to get a plague doctors outfit.
Bill Does Stuff
Bill Does Stuff 4 օր առաջ
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.
Brighid Nichole
Brighid Nichole 4 օր առաջ
Wow, over a thousand salty ass buboes with cognitive dissonance... Appreciate you Caitlin. History hurts. Tell it anyway.
Rowan Lamoureux
Rowan Lamoureux 4 օր առաջ
Suddenly... I feel like I'm living in 1900
mgee63 4 օր առաջ
BJ/DSL lips....
Georgia Camacho
Georgia Camacho 4 օր առաջ
I go too excited at hearing "Shine on Harvest Moon" in the background!
Rita McCartt-Kordon
Rita McCartt-Kordon 4 օր առաջ
I just love your humor!
Angélica Calderón
Angélica Calderón 4 օր առաջ
Wow! It's incredible that after all this time, we keep making the same mistakes...
Trump cowardly Traitor
Trump cowardly Traitor 4 օր առաջ
I love this awesome lady 😍
Kossolax the Foresworn
Kossolax the Foresworn 4 օր առաջ
so it starts every time in china, and then covid started from there as well. Im starting to see a pattern here.
Kossolax the Foresworn
Kossolax the Foresworn 2 օր առաջ
@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.
The Slippery Noodle
The Slippery Noodle 2 օր առաջ
I would say primarily large population.
ixtasis 4 օր առաջ
I'm a female tiger. That's bad news for you!
Queen Jellyfish
Queen Jellyfish 5 օր առաջ
'We can wear a mask' best line ever with this video
You do the very best videos on AM-posts!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!
Rose from UK
Rose from UK 5 օր առաջ
This needs to be made into a movie, it’s fascinating
Auna Breslin gaming
Auna Breslin gaming 5 օր առաջ
aaannnnd people compare covid to this........ no this shit's scary
Aziza Brown
Aziza Brown 5 օր առաջ
Your English accent in the beginning wasn’t actually terrible!
Kat J
Kat J 5 օր առաջ
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.
Tiny Walnut
Tiny Walnut 5 օր առաջ
22:27 My cat, curled up next to me, shifted in her sleep.
Reina Nijinsky
Reina Nijinsky 5 օր առաջ
Dr. Fauci in 2020
Nanuq 83
Nanuq 83 5 օր առաջ
For a serious topic I spent half the time laughing. I also learned something new. Win win. Those poor rats and guinea pigs :(
Kraven James
Kraven James 5 օր առաջ
SIR... It was Rats.
Ava Grace
Ava Grace 5 օր առաջ
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.
Backruborbust 5 օր առաջ
Why did I think cats had something to do with getting rid of the rats? Guess they have fleas too though...yeah
Margie Burke
Margie Burke 5 օր առաջ
This sounds like what we are going through now,
Jhonathan Azeredo
Jhonathan Azeredo 5 օր առաջ
and history keeps repeating itself again and again. If only people dared to learn a bit of it.....
Vjobs10 5 օր առաջ
This would be an amazing movie! I would so watch it
the 10th
the 10th 5 օր առաջ
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!
Rolf Erik Bakløkk
Rolf Erik Bakløkk 5 օր առաջ
So they tried with a dr.White first and then went for a dr.Blue?
Ann King
Ann King 5 օր առաջ
Love this episode. Caitlin is the Best storyteller/historian. 💖👍
Klaas Siersma
Klaas Siersma 6 օր առաջ
So, nothing's new realy.
Joshula Williams
Joshula Williams 6 օր առաջ
She said Plague death Plague death Plague death Plague death I heard Egg leg Egg leg Egg leg Egg leg
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Yeeyee Rvtbtnnynynttbbtwbrbf 6 օր առաջ
this sounds.. familiar....
Bogdan Sorlea
Bogdan Sorlea 6 օր առաջ
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 Sorlea
Bogdan Sorlea 6 օր առաջ
you have there an ikon of the Virgin Mary with Jesus in the style of eastern orthodox christian religion (greek/byzantine)?
Jaroslava L
Jaroslava L 4 օր առաջ
I noticed that too.
Matthew Fleshman
Matthew Fleshman 6 օր առաջ
Wow....120 years later and this all sounds very familiar.....
Sarah Rosen
Sarah Rosen 6 օր առաջ
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 Horning
Sarah Horning 6 օր առաջ
*OOH FLEAS ON RATS, FLEAS ON RATS* YO that was my hs world history teacher's jam. 😂😂😂😂😂
Joey Moursalian
Joey Moursalian 6 օր առաջ
Worlds most underrated video.
dunnowy123 6 օր առաջ
Ah, how little things change. New pandemic, same shenanigans.
B Welkinator
B Welkinator 6 օր առաջ
Aimee Huntley Huntley
Aimee Huntley Huntley 6 օր առաջ
From the very start, the bigger meaning wasn't lost on me. Thank you so much Caitlin!!! AM-posts on with whatever topics please you Queen Mortician!
Jan Tarasoff
Jan Tarasoff 6 օր առաջ
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?
Baerno 6 օր առաջ
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?
Dimitar Y
Dimitar Y 6 օր առաջ
I was sure she would jump on the next ferry to Hawaii 😀
Zippy101 6 օր առաջ
This is starting to sound very familiar 🤔
RenzXVI 7 օր առաջ
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
Brandon Thailand
Brandon Thailand 7 օր առաջ
Covid is not the plague. Its a cold virus. 99.95% survival rate. Masks are a placebo.
Human Being
Human Being 7 օր առաջ
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. “
World Society for the Protection of Vocalists
World Society for the Protection of Vocalists 7 օր առաջ
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Damn! We are bad at History.
Rei Z
Rei Z 7 օր առաջ
Whacha gonna do with all that pus, all that pus inside your lump?
Aegri Somnia
Aegri Somnia 7 օր առաջ
Fucking Skaven!!!
S DM 8 օր առաջ
Thank you very much for making this video. It is a very good history lesson.
Knott Reel
Knott Reel 8 օր առաջ
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.
Scott C
Scott C 8 օր առաջ
I don't care for a latte, I prefer a littlte. The big bucks - not more, just larger, like the lottery checks.
Auriga 8 օր առաջ
poor ratties :(
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