The Influenza Epidemic

"How WWI Changed America" Video Series

Occurring against the backdrop of World War I, one of history’s most deadly pandemics added to the horrors and devastation brought on by the conflict. The 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic (also known, erroneously, as the "Spanish Flu") was one of the deadliest pandemics in world history, infecting hundreds of millions of people and killing approximately 50 million people worldwide.

This video is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is a partnership of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the Doughboy Foundation and the National WWI Museum and Memorial as part of the teaching and learning resources of “How WWI Changed America.”

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