The Bubonic Plague in... San Francisco?

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Caitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician

Month ago

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.
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Caitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician
Caitlin Doughty – Ask A Mortician Month ago
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:
RenzXVI 35 minutes ago
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
Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOES! 2 days ago
Theres at least one usually a couple of bubonic plagues each year in the USA, same for leprosy!
Tuxi Talk 1
Tuxi Talk 1 6 days ago
@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.
Lois Reese
Lois Reese 8 days ago
@Brianna Tuttle congratulations!
nelson lariccia
nelson lariccia 13 days ago
RenzXVI 36 minutes ago
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 2 hours ago
Covid is not the plague. Its a cold virus. 99.95% survival rate. Masks are a placebo.
Human Being
Human Being 6 hours ago
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 hours ago
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Damn! We are bad at History.
Rei Z
Rei Z 8 hours ago
Whacha gonna do with all that pus, all that pus inside your lump?
Aegri Somnia
Aegri Somnia 12 hours ago
Fucking Skaven!!!
S DM 16 hours ago
Thank you very much for making this video. It is a very good history lesson.
Knott Reel
Knott Reel 16 hours ago
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 Day ago
I don't care for a latte, I prefer a littlte. The big bucks - not more, just larger, like the lottery checks.
Auriga Day ago
poor ratties :(
gladto begone
gladto begone Day ago
I'm not a fan of death when it comes to me. I like your Bettie Page hair.
Joe Blazer
Joe Blazer Day ago
I thought she was going to talk about the current crop of plague rats running thru the trash in ol Frisco..
Rebecca Reali
Rebecca Reali 2 days ago
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 Reali
Rebecca Reali 2 days ago
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!
Art Vader
Art Vader 2 days ago
We have over 40,000 homeless in Silicon Valley, our local politicians have done little to nothing to address the issue.
Meredith Seidl
Meredith Seidl 2 days ago
Great history lesson! Thanks!
MannyBot -DEAF-
MannyBot -DEAF- 2 days ago
You know you would be an awesome SCP narrator. Especially SCP-049 😉
Michele Austin
Michele Austin 2 days ago
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.
Toasted Macaron
Toasted Macaron 3 days ago
Lol she gave me major apothecary vibes with the intro
Bella 3 days ago
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!
A G 3 days ago
I was eating a burrito or at least trying when the discussion of rats and fleas started 🤢
john roobol
john roobol 3 days ago
when you said wear a mask i spit my coffee out lol
MistakenlyAwesome 3 days ago
Wooooow, there were do many deer around you!
erich moller
erich moller 3 days ago
Again... China
Michelle Linder
Michelle Linder 4 days ago
It is still endemic in Yosemite and up near the Oregon border. Don't play with squirrels in those areas.
Nekomi Son
Nekomi Son 4 days ago
Why do I feel like history repeated itself but this time with covid?
Stacy Collier
Stacy Collier 4 days ago
Sounds like ebola
Richard Deese
Richard Deese 4 days ago
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 Deese
Richard Deese 4 days ago
"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.
janae linder
janae linder 4 days ago
Caitlyn can you please do a video about the rabies virus?
Any OM
Any OM 5 days ago
I need that song in my cellphone
Kenneth Frazee
Kenneth Frazee 5 days ago
Pres Nicely
Pres Nicely 6 days ago
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.
Connor Brady
Connor Brady 6 days ago
Dude you are funny
Alec Moore
Alec Moore 6 days ago
“William Randolph Heart, renowned newspaper man and shit disturber” - love it!
Jeffrey Conner
Jeffrey Conner 7 days ago
WoW. China again......................
ThSilentKiller 10
ThSilentKiller 10 7 days ago
My gf got me into your videos and I love it!!! Ps. (In trump voice) The China Plague 😂😂
Lee Newsom
Lee Newsom 7 days ago
Incredible parallels with the Covid situation here in US
Duncan Biswana
Duncan Biswana 7 days ago
I love this channel!
Nicole S
Nicole S 7 days ago
“There’s probably a rat near you now,” *lives in Alberta, Canada* nope, don’t think so.
Grace-Lynn Thode
Grace-Lynn Thode 7 days ago
Mannnn Im so glad shes connecting the plague to the virus...maybe if someone who was against the vaccine would see this and realize "maybe I shouldnt be"
Michael-John L. Mushill
Michael-John L. Mushill 7 days ago
Hey, Caitlin, just imagine how much the public would pay you to find a cure for the “Karen” virus! You would be more popular than McDonald’s the world over!!! LoL!
Dean Burkette
Dean Burkette 7 days ago
Perfect last comment of what we need to do . WEAR A MASK . haha
stardusth2o 8 days ago
10:05 now all of Chinatown knows you have the plague
AUroraMoon _Draws16
AUroraMoon _Draws16 8 days ago
Mamma Mia Here we go again~
Marguerite Mikelyn Allred Crawford
Marguerite Mikelyn Allred Crawford 8 days ago
I was so glad you pulled in the modern very-similitudes! Sorry I laughed at such a sad reoccurrence of governmental deniability (though no one heard me). It's my coping mechanism. I can't listen to the News any more - because of my allergy to bullshit.
Tara Beamer
Tara Beamer 8 days ago
I'm a rat too. My name Backwards,....yeah My favorite animal, world's largest rodent, Capybara! You'd think 2020 would have been my year, not so much.
c c
c c 9 days ago
-- love it
꧁Shiloh The Lonely Goose꧂
꧁Shiloh The Lonely Goose꧂ 9 days ago
Rats the someone eating a bat. Coincidence, I think not.
Ri Kreiner
Ri Kreiner 9 days ago
"It was rats." I was half expecting to hear Rats by Ghost.
LadyStar 10
LadyStar 10 2 days ago
Same, or Caitlin to do an episode of Iconic Corpse for the bodies of Papa's I, II, & III.
TwoBagels 9 days ago
So i just noticed if you search this video without being logges into youtube, it does not appear at all!! Not on the channel or searching it directly!.....why is YT so weird with their algorithm 😠 Great video regardless!! Finally finishing it 😆
Mandy Ballge
Mandy Ballge 9 days ago
Guess California continues to have awful Mayor/Governors and China is once again responsible for a plague. So sad.
21 Cabbage
21 Cabbage 10 days ago
I have a bubonic goochsplit
sasha pitt
sasha pitt 10 days ago
I need the full song album
Mouse Treehouse
Mouse Treehouse 10 days ago
Ok, you may have to discuss racism in your vids, but can you lighten up a little bit on the politics?
Americanemia 10 days ago
But the unsanitary conditions brought back black plague infected rats in 2019. I live in the Bay and saw it on news.
MomtherOfDragons 10 days ago
“Where there be lymph nodes, there be bulbous” is kinda catchy
Potato Boy
Potato Boy 10 days ago
Yay I’m so leftist it hurts
George osorio
George osorio 10 days ago
"Why study history it has no value???" *repeats exactly the same thing every 100 years or so* *gets same results* *Pikachu faces*
Potato Boy
Potato Boy 10 days ago
Wow you mean China spread disease before?
brian r
brian r 10 days ago
Hummm China again
great pachyderm
great pachyderm 10 days ago
when you talk with that white mask on your face it reminds me of my favorite thing. a camel toe!
Jamie Leigh Hostetler
Jamie Leigh Hostetler 10 days ago
"The Plague Fake" with him popping in and out has me dying right now! 😂🤣😂🤣
grimble 10 days ago
To talk about a plague in 1900 to cover what's going on in 2020, does not do it for me. I would like to hear a version of Now. So many doctors and scientists have been censored and banned when they questioned the ronavirus. It just makes me even more suspiscious when a mortician speaks about something else to cover the story. Especially when I associate her with being direct and dare to say things that most others don't. :p
Heather Wheeler
Heather Wheeler 10 days ago
Her telling this story about bubonic plague in Chinatown, while wearing disposable surgeon mask is strangely appropriate and iconic
grimble 10 days ago
Tji-hi, the death whisperer is afraid of the flu.
Haiphong 10 days ago
I'm so glad we didn't get stupider since the 1900s... I mean, we didn't get any smarter either but... Still.
Assault Paperclip
Assault Paperclip 11 days ago
Rupert Blue, especially in these times REALLY needs to be remembered. His innumerable contributions to the Public Health Service (PHS), as well as what he did during not only this pandemic, mosquito control (yellow fever), cholera and also the Spanish Flu. The man repeatedly saved our ass in this country. At least Trump is right about it being a Virus from China in a partial sense 😂 god 1900-1920s America was on that eugenics kick hella hard.
Ana-Marija Sakač
Ana-Marija Sakač 11 days ago
I guess human stupidity really is endless. Look at us now. CoROnA DoEsn'T ExISt.
Dirty Pagan
Dirty Pagan 11 days ago
I would just like to give special credit to Wang Chong doing his best while everyone was being incompetent for awhile lol. Also it’s interesting how later in the pandemic Chinatown was doing better because they had infrastructure in place to battle the disease. That’s actually similar to a lot of African countries with COVID right now since they already had infrastructure in place from previously dealing with Ebola.
Dayna Young
Dayna Young 11 days ago
Watching this from AB, Canada. The only rat free place in the world. We even have rat police. No plague here 💁🏼‍♀️
La Doña Mariposa Vigilis
La Doña Mariposa Vigilis 11 days ago
Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it......
So what you're saying is. We've gotta have something special be threatened to be taken away until America gets its act together.
"Until it did." Hilarious :)
A.M. 12 days ago
Your videos are so awesome and informational
Fallen Star
Fallen Star 12 days ago
So it seems like plague is always caused by the same thing, rats rats and more rats.
Elena DeRoet
Elena DeRoet 12 days ago
I love how for the most part, human behavior doesn't really change much. There is still rabid anti-immigrant BS because fear mongers. I am so tired of people not seeing other people as being actual people simply due to a different skin color or place of origin.
Inez De Kleine
Inez De Kleine 12 days ago
I cannot get over the fact that is all sounds so current and familiar. As the Roman's said: nothing new under the sun. It seems we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.
Ryan A Wilson
Ryan A Wilson 12 days ago
We get it. You don't like Trump. 😒
Ryan A Wilson
Ryan A Wilson 12 days ago
I'll take things I've never heard of happening before for $500, Alex
jim mcdonald
jim mcdonald 12 days ago
its obvious that you are not a fan of the president. but tell me ,is there really a democrat or a woke californian who could have done better. if it wasent for the president ,the vaccine would still be years down the road . i respect your opinion and you are completly entitled to it ,but really? still love you and your channel tho. would love to be a patreon , but im on a fixed income and cant afford it . but thank you for all the gteat entertainment and education
Chasity Randolph
Chasity Randolph 13 days ago
All of this sounds sooooo familiar......... Hmmmmmmmmmm.😂😂😂😂 Great video❤💋
lexi carlson
lexi carlson 13 days ago
Fun fact! The plague never left. It's still very much alive in the US and yes you can still get it albeit rare
Walter Fechter
Walter Fechter 13 days ago
Hell, with the way CA is going at the present, San 'Frisco and LA will become rife with Typhus and other biological baddies. -- A former Californian
Cheezbuckets 13 days ago
People, uh.....really never change, huh? 😬
Ann Carr
Ann Carr 13 days ago
Yes the plague still exists so what makes people think coronavirus will go away ...just a couple of months ago, 2 people got sick with plague.
Thesweetesttea S.
Thesweetesttea S. 13 days ago
I personally appreciate the way you tell these stories accurately without whitewashing the ugly parts. It is what it is,was what is was and ain't what it ain't 🤷🏾‍♀️ You tell the truth with respect and tact and without bias, keep doing what you're doing! I always learn cool facts and new information from your videos!
Mike Oveli
Mike Oveli 14 days ago
The Chiii-naa Virus I knew I had heard that before.
John Preisler
John Preisler 14 days ago
Everything old is new again
Steven Baker
Steven Baker 14 days ago
The thing people missed then as they still do is how what the transmission vector is for bubonic plague. It is the fleas carried on rats. It is not normally transmitted human to human directly,though it can be if the plague boils are lanced( bad idea, common practice in the middle ages though it does help. It doesn't actually cure the sickness. )The Europeans figured that out during the second pandemic. Hence why there is such a job as Royal Rat Catcher. And it is why my job as a professional pest control technician is so essential. If they had worked harder earlier to control the rodent population it would have been easier to control. And on a side note, it's not necessarily that the rats can smell poison, they can if its certain types, but they are actually resistant to arsenic nicotine and even warfarin. Warfarin is not a poison per se but today we use anticoagulants which are less prone to rejection of poison baits and other than warfarin itself not prone to resistance in the systems of rodents. If people actually knew how intelligent and opportunistic rats are, then maybe diseases like bubonic plague and hantavirus would be easier to control.
karl williams
karl williams 14 days ago
sooo cov sars 2 aka covid 19 came from ? ohh was it wuyan china by any chance ermm and wuyan is in which country? throwning clips of trump in telling the truth were the modern covid 19 came is a cheap shot ,i thought you was above stuff like that
Eyeseathem 14 days ago
Nmccarville 14 days ago
A English Study shows that Plague can also be spread by Lice human Lice
Lazy Puazy
Lazy Puazy 14 days ago
Next time I see a crazy lady singing about rats in a S.F. alley I'm gonna think USposts instead of mentally unstable.
Angie 15 days ago
Love how their racism and stereotypes ended up biting them in the ass 😂.
Kalee 15 days ago
“There’s probably a rat near you right now” *looks at my pet rats to my left*
Neil Brannan
Neil Brannan 15 days ago
I so look forward to your videos,so informative and interesting xx happy new year caitlin x
GR A 15 days ago
This infection is still active. Approx ten cases a year in USA. Antibiotics take care of it. Actually, I think I read this on UTube.,.
Kathleen Tinkle
Kathleen Tinkle 15 days ago
It appears hx is repeating itself......again. Also, appears California has been a "plague" on American for many many many many years. Many. Incidentally; these masks are a joke. The dot gov is trying to brain wash American
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