Wisconsin and the Economic Impacts of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

While there were economic consequences of the 1918 pandemic, most were found to be short-lived. Introduction The 1918 influenza pandemic and how the ordeal played out in Wisconsin illuminates the scale at which the experience of and response to public health emergencies impact both human lives and the economy. Also known as the “Spanish Flu,”[…]

British India and the Anti-Colonial Movement during the 1918 Flu Pandemic

When the 1918 influenza pandemic struck India, the death toll was highest among the poor. Introduction In India, during the 1918 influenza pandemic, a staggering 12 to 13 million people died, the vast majority between the months of September and December. According to an eyewitness, “There was none to remove the dead bodies and the[…]

The Local Impact of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Philadelphia

This flu was different from others. It was especially brutal. By Jeffrey AndersonHistorian The Deaths Began The first reported death in Philadelphia during the 1918 pandemic occurred at the Naval Yard on September 11,1918, and the number of stricken military personnel quickly grew. Insufficient attention was paid. The United States was in the throes of the[…]

Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu in 1918

The city sought to sell bonds to pay for the war effort, while bringing its citizens together during the infamous pandemic. By Kenneth C. DavisHistorian It was a parade like none Philadelphia had ever seen. In the summer of 1918, as the Great War raged and American doughboys fell on Europe’s killing fields, the City[…]

10 Misconceptions about the 1918 Flu, the ‘Greatest Pandemic in History’

The so-called ‘Spanish flu’ didn’t actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis? Introduction Pandemic: It’s a scary word. But the world has seen pandemics before, and worse ones, too. Consider the influenza pandemic of 1918, often referred to erroneously as the “Spanish flu.” Misconceptions about it may be[…]

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread across America

The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. Haskell County, Kansas, lies in the southwest corner of the state, near Oklahoma and Colorado. In 1918 sod houses were still common, barely distinguishable from the treeless, dry prairie they were dug out of. It had[…]

Zombie Flu: How the 1919 Influenza Pandemic Fueled the Rise of the Living Dead

The 1918-1919 flu claimed millions of lives worldwide. Could it also have given birth to the viral zombie? Introduction Zombies have lurched to the center of Halloween culture, with costumes proliferating as fast as the monsters themselves. This year, you can dress as a zombie prom queen, a zombie doctor – even a zombie rabbit[…]