Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Interactive storytelling on Philadelphia's 1793 yellow fever outbreak

The experimental history journal The Appendix just published a fascinating interactive piece on Philadelphia's 1793 yellow fever outbreak. Created by web developer and historian Rachel Ponce, "Surviving History: The Fever" is reminiscent of the Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 1980s, augmented with historical accuracy and references to primary sources. The protagonist is a physician, Dr. John Brooks, navigating eighteenth-century Philadelphia during one of the worst epidemics in U.S. history.

There are 20 unique endings to the story, and you can earn 20 different achievement badges for playing.

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