Government Responses: Past Pandemics and Epidemics

The Politics of Pandemics

Graham Mooney, "Quarantine is one of the oldest powers in the book. That doesn't mean governments should use it to fight coronavirus," The Globe and Mail (March 6, 2020) 

Laura Spinney, "The World Changed Its Approach to Health After the 1918 Flu," Time (March 7, 2020) 

Jim Downs "The Epidemics America Got Wrong," The Atlantic (March 22, 2020) 

Alexandre I.R. White and Katrina Quisumbing King, "The U.S. has an ugly history of blaming 'foreigners' for disease," The Washington Post (March 24, 2020) 

Paul M. Renfro, "Coronavirus is different from AIDS," The Washington Post (April 6, 2020) 

Farren Yero, "When Politics Go Viral: COVID-19 and Lessons from the Atlantic World," The Panorama (April 24, 2020) 

George H. Nash, "Coronavirus Pandemic: A Historical Perspective," National Review (May 11, 2020) 

Graham Mooney, "How to Talk About Freedom During a Pandemic," The Atlantic (May 19, 2020) 

Andrew Wehrman, "Early Americans Knew Better than President Trump How to Prioritize Health," The Washington Post (July 17, 2020)

Videos and Podcasts:

"Contagion and the State: Epidemic Disease and the Social Contract with Peter Baldwin," The History of Now (March 30, 2020) 

Local Government 

John M. Barry, "The Single Most Important Lesson From the 1918 Influenza," The New York Times (March 17, 2020) 

Christopher McKnight Nichols, "President Trump's Desire to Reopen Businesses Quickly is Dangerous," The Washington Post (March 25, 2020)

Christopher McKnight Nichols, "Oregon Response to Flu in 1918 Offers Insights for Coronavirus Fight in 2020," The Oregonian (April 5, 2020) 

J. Alexander Navarro and Howard Markel, "To save lives, social distancing must continue longer than we expect," The Washington Post (April 8, 2020) 

Jeffrey Anderson and Janet Golden, "The Local Impact of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Philadelphia," History News Network (April 12, 2020) 

Lorna Ebner, "Quarantine in Nineteenth-Century New York," Books, Health, and History (April 14, 2020) 

Paige Winfield, "The Health 202: Twelve takeaways from the 1918 flu epidemic that help us think about the novel coronavirus," The Washington Post (April 20, 2020) 

Scott Podosky, "'Some New Kind of Infection or Plague:' The 1918 Flu Pandemic & COVID-19," Center for Primary Care Harvard Medical School (May 14, 2020) 

Judith W. Leavitt and Lewis A. Leavitt, "Epidemics are powerful agents of change," Democratic Socialists of America  (June 3, 2020) 

Jessica Brabble, Ariel Ludwig, E. Thomas Ewing, "'The Mask Law Will Be Rigidly Enforced': Ordinances, Arrests, and Celebrations during the 1918-1919 Influenza Epidemic," Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (August 11, 2020)

Mimi Eisen, "The COVID-19 Pandemic in Historical Perspective," History Associates Incorporated 

Presidential Leadership

Joyce Chaplin, "Even Andrew Jackson Showed More Leadership than Donald Trump in a Pandemic," The Washington Post (April 1, 2020)

Dave Welky, "The President vs. The Epidemic: FDR's Polio Crusade," History News Network (April 12, 2020) 

Economic Impacts

Elena Conis, "What History's Economy-Disrupting Outbreaks Can Teach Us About Coronavirus Panic," Time (March 9, 2020)