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Trailer | Plague at the Golden Gate

Preview: Season 34 Episode 4 | 1m 46s

Follow the gripping story of the race against time to save San Francisco and the nation from an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.

Aired: 05/24/22

Rating: NR

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The Chinese Six Companies

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The Chinese Six Companies

On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown as officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.

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