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In this cartoon, Boss Tweed welcomes cholera—a skeletal figure of death carrying a handbag from “Asi

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In this cartoon, Boss Tweed welcomes cholera—a skeletal figure of death carrying a handbag from “Asia”—into the rat-infested and filthy slums of New York. Fear of cholera and other diseases led to the creation of powerful public bodies, relatively free from political interference, to promote sanitation and clean water.
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