The “picket line” of national quarantine (1897) research Note

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in September 2018

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Quarantine to create a strong national border (“picket line”) against yellow fever, from The Washington Post in 1897.


What we want is a permanent, all the year round, high-class quarantine, conducted under national auspices, and clothed with paramount authority. Yellow fever is an exotic. It appears in the country only as the result of importation. The country demands a picket line that cannot be invaded.

“Facts About Quarantine Laws,” The Washington Post (1877-1922), Nov. 18, 1897.