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Influenza Archives – A History Lesson

Monday’s featured artifact on Today’s Document from the National Archives was “Nurse wearing a mask as protection against influenza. September 13, 1918.” As is commonly the case with objects within the each day feed there was a hyperlink to extra details about the picture. In this case the extra info was a National Archives assortment of photographs and paperwork concerning the influenza epidemic of 1918. 

The Influenza Epidemic assortment on the National Archives contains ten paperwork and 6 photographs together with the one which I included on this weblog publish. As I regarded via the pictures and paperwork I could not assist however consider similarities between as we speak’s present pandemic state of affairs and that of 103 years in the past. 

Applications for Education

As I learn the paperwork (they’re all quick) and seen the pictures in The Influenza Epidemic I began to consider questions that I might ask college students to consider whereas they reviewed the artifacts. Here’s a brief checklist of these questions:
  • How lengthy do you assume it took for folks in Maine (the place we stay) to be taught concerning the seriousness of the influenza epidemic?
  • How do assume folks dwelling in 1918 felt about sporting masks
  • What are the similarities between the 1918 influenza epidemic and the present COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How did the U.S. goverment reply to the 1918 influenza epidemic? How is that comparable or completely different from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

#Note-Author Name – [email protected] (Richard Byrne)

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