The scourge of COVID-19 vs the Pox Americana of 1775, ‘a pestilence that walketh in Darkness’

The Colonies were humming along in the New World—and then—during the American Revolution–a disabling epidemic mangled the masses. The dreaded disease of that time was smallpox; it had a 30% mortality rate. In July of 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, a Founding Father and America’s future second president, “Tis a pestilence that walketh in Darkness.” Ironically…