Worried About a Pandemic? Consider the Spanish Influenza of 1918-1919

About the Author

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The Author hard at work designing this website.

I am a full-time History faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College, the Manassas Campus where I teach U.S. History, Women in American History, and U.S. History Through the Films. I am also currently serving as the Assistant Dean of History and Political Science on the Manassas Campus. In 1988 I received my Masters from the College of William and Mary with a specialization in Early American History along with a Museum Management Certificate from Colonial Williamsburg. After many years of teaching I decided to return to graduate school to purse my PhD in History. I am a first year PhD student in U.S. History with minors in Early America and the American South.

In the Summer of 2014 I particpated in a National Humanities Summer Seminar at George Mason University that focused on new interpretations of the American West. While working on research at the National Archives for that seminar, I came across a notebook full of photographs that documented the Spanish Influenza epidemic in the United States from 1918-1919. This website has been built around those images and is to be used as a teaching tool on the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918-1917. When there were tears or imperfections in the original photographs that hindered viewing the image, I restored or enhanced the photograph. White photograph borders were cropped and a few images were cropped to fit the page.

Contact Information: Alicia L. B. Tucker, Assistant Dean, History and Political Science, Manassas Campus, Northern Virginia Community College. atucker@nvcc.edu