Monday’s featured artifact on Today’s Document from the National Archives was “Nurse wearing a mask as protection against influenza. September 13, 1918.” As is often the case with items in the daily feed there was a link to additional information about the image. In this case the additional information was a National Archives collection of images and documents about the influenza epidemic of 1918.
Applications for Education
- How long do you think it took for people in Maine (where we live) to learn about the seriousness of the influenza epidemic?
- How do think people living in 1918 felt about wearing masks
- What are the similarities between the 1918 influenza epidemic and the current COVID-19 pandemic?
- How did the U.S. goverment respond to the 1918 influenza epidemic? How is that similar or different from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?