Interpreting the Past: 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

One of the main jobs of historians is to interpret the past by reviewing primary documents, scholarly secondary sources, and then creating an analysis of this research. After reading your text and reviewing the assigned materials, submit an analysis of the Spanish Flu Pandemic during World War I.

You might want to consider the following questions, but you are not limited to them: What factors made the outbreak of the 1918 Spanish Flu so deadly? How did it impact the war effort? What ways did American society respond to mitigate the spread of the virus? How does the 1918 epidemic compare to the current Covid-19 crisis? Fully explain your answers and cite all sources as necessary.

This assignment should be at least 500 words and contain your reactions or questions about some specific issue within the historical narrative which you find compelling. For full credit, your paper must not simply sum up the reading or repeat points made there. Rather, Im looking for you to create your own interpretation, explain the emotional content of the piece, or discuss some original insight. Include citations as needed.