Flu Epidemic Of 1918 America's Experience in the Global Health Crisis

ISBN-10: 041563685X
ISBN-13: 9780415636858
Edition: 2014
Authors: Sandra Opdycke
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/18/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In the spring of 1918, a world-wide influenza epidemic hit the United States. Killing over 500,000 Americans, causing the national deathrate to jump 30% in a single year, the outbreak affected national participation in World War I and brought hundreds of American communities to a collapse. Historians estimate that hundreds of thousands of families were affected after the infection hit the armed forces. Despite the immediate impact of the event, the flu epidemicseemed to disappear from public memory as soon as it ended. No longer a historical anomaly,this epidemic provides an ideal lens for understanding the history of infectious disease in the United States. Examining both the immediate and protracted affects of the outbreak on health, government, medicine, and memory Opdycke gives an account of the events of 1918-1919. In five short chapters, bolstered by eye-witness accounts, official government documentation, and political cartoons, Opdycke introduces the importance of the epidemic and its wake to undergraduates.Critical Moments in American History is a series of short texts designed to familiarize students with events or issues critical to the American experience. Through the use of narrative and primary documents, these books help instructors deconstruct an important moment in American history with the help of timelines, glossaries, textboxes, and a robust companion website.

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