The yellow fever epidemic of 1853



A Novel By René Uzee

This epic story begins in 1800s New Orleans, where greed precipitates a struggle for absolute power between shipping magnate, Joseph P. Connaway II, and New Orleans Mayor, Olivier M. Devereaux.

The 1853 Yellow Fever epidemic in New Orleans, which was responsible for nearly 9,000 deaths, caused social, political, and economical ramifications that were catastrophic.

In 1855, Mayor Devereaux wrote into law a plan for quarantine at the mouth of the Mississippi River, on the Island of Balize. This devastated the shipping industry, leaving only one means of importing and exporting, and that was via the Louisiana-Texas railroad. However, shipping magnate, and politically connected Joseph P. Connaway II had his own greedy plan for Quarantine. Absolute power was what both of these men thirst for.

On September 23rd 1856, an outbreak of Yellow Fever, prompted a Government seizure of the Eustis Beckworth property, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, which was held for 150 years. A cover-up ensued.

In 2006, Carl Beckworth inherits his ancestors property, and plans a family reunion. Just days after the Beckworth reunion, some family members become extremely ill, others escape death.

Following a full investigation at the Beckworth property, Carl files suit against the United States Government. On February 24, 2007, in New Orleans, intense court proceedings begin, then end with an unexpected twist.