The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918
- a great site to learn more about the pandemic.
The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 [pdf]
The history of human civilizations is rife with disastrous epidemics and
plagues, a fact that is sometimes lost on modern-day pundits and
commentators. Fortunately, the National Archives hasnt forgotten about one
of historys more recent tragedies, namely the influenza epidemic of 1918.
They recently created this engaging and fascinating collection of documents
and photographs that offer a first-hand perspective on this epidemic. All
told, the collection offered here contains several dozen primary source
materials, including a directive from the Navy in order to educate sailors
about the health risks of the disease and a photograph of Seattle police
officers clad in protective face masks. One special feature of the site is
that visitors can also order copies of the documents, if they are so
inclined. Overall, this is a well-designed site that offers a glimpse of the
American perspective on this rampant epidemic which eventually killed 20
million people across the world.
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