Monday, May 4, 2009

Ye Olde Pandemic Roundup

I just wanted to point out this great roundup of materials relating to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic at the AHA Today blog. The post includes primary sources, pictures, video and lesson plans.

Here is Washington State we too are doing our part to promote swine flu hysteria historical understanding with an outstanding front page article at ("the free, online encyclopedia of Washington State history"). Also at see "The Spanish Flu in Spokane." My friend and colleague Bill Youngs has a website with some interesting newspaper articles on the flu in Spokane as well. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has a website titled "The Great Pandemic: The United States in 1918-1919" which features a section on Washington State.

A search through Google Books with the keywords "spokane" "influenza" and "1918" turns up a bunch of good stuff, including this 1918 report from a labor union organizer about the difficulties of organizing when public meetings are prohibited because of the flu.

Cover your mouths when you sneeze, readers!

[Photo: Street car conductor in Seattle not allowing passengers aboard without a mask. 1918. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.]

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