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


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Figure 1: Government Map of the Flu Epidemic (National Health Department)

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Images of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919


Learning Activity

Using the attached document, Analyzing Historical Images, to take a closer look at the images within this website. As you look at the images on the this website it is easy to develop a strong visual story of life in the United States during the epidemic. What else can these images tell us about life in the United States during this period? Choose 5 images from thsi site to prepare a 5 minute talk about some other aspect of life in the United States during 1918-1919. You may use Powerpoint, Google Slides, or Prezi to prepare your images, but you should also be prepared to turn in a script that will accompany your talk.


All photographs are from the Still Picture Reference, Special Media Archives Services Division, National Archives at College Park and are part of the Photo Set: Spanish Flu Epidemic, 1918. Author has restored and enhanced images.

For more information the Spanish Flu of 1918, you might want to visit the following websites:

Laden, Lisa. "We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918." Flu.Gov. December 4, 2009. This website provides both the actual documentary, "We Heard the Bells" as well as the transcript. A great place for students to hear the voices of those who survived the epidemic.

Library of Congress. Topics in Chronicling America - The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 (Spanish Flu). February 11, 2013. This website provides a rich list of newspapers chronicaling attitudes toward the epidemic.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Pandemic Flu History. n.d. This site includes a timeline of the history of flu in the U.S. It also provides rich resources for investigating the Spanish Influenza 1918 epidemic.

University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and Michigan Publishing. Influenza Encyclopedia: The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919. n.d. An amazing website that includes brief discussions of conditions and reactions in 50 cities, images, documents, and newspapers. The site can easily be searched by key terms. A must for any webquest on the Spanish Influenza or life during World War I.

Woodsmoke Productions and Vermont Hsitorical Society. "The 1918 Flu Epidemic." The Green Mountain Chronicles radio broadcast and background information. originial broadcast 1988-1989. Another interesting source for students to hear the voices of those who survived the Spanish Influenza.