Learning About the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The Great Pandemic is a website created by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Great Pandemic is designed to educate visitors about the influenza pandemic of 1918. One of the better features of the site is a state-by-state description of how the pandemic affected each state in the US.

To give visitors a good sense of what life was like during the influenza pandemic, the site provides visitors with an overview of life in 1918. The Great Pandemic website has a good collection of documents and media from 1918 and 1919. In this collection visitors to the site can find posters, documents, and newspaper reports about the influenza pandemic.

Applications for Education
The Great Pandemic is a good website for current events and history teachers trying to provide students with a historical comparison to the current swine flu outbreak. You may want to use this website in conjunction with a showing of this video from CNN Student News about the swine flu outbreak.

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