Public Responses and Human Experiences: Past Pandemics and Epidemics

Class and Labor

Kevin Siena, "Epidemics and 'essential work' in early modern Europe," History & Policy (March 25, 2020) 

Walter Scheidel, "Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics," New York Times (April 9, 2020) 

Doug Kenck-Crispin, "How a Pandemic Divided the Haves and Have-Nots-Over 100 Years Ago," Street Roots (April 23, 2020)

Sohini Chattopadhyay, "The Silence of the Archives: Why the Grave Diggers of the Bubonic Plague Are Unremembered," A Handful of Stories (May 14, 2020) 

Laura Mogulsecu, "How Telephone Operators Helped People Connect during the 1918 Flu Epidemic," Women at the Center (April 1, 2020) 

Kevin Siena, "Siena: COVID-19 - Our definition of 'essential work' has changed through history, but essential workers haven't," Ottawa Citizen (April 5, 2020) 

Eleanor Janega, "Don't kid yourself. The Black Death's aftermath isn't cause for optimism about covid-19," The Washington Post (April 14, 2020)  

Women and Gender

Valerie Paley, "Women's History in the Age of Epidemic," Women at the Center (March 23, 2020) 

Alisha Haridassani Gupta, "How the Spanish Flu Almost Upended Women's Suffrage," The New York Times (April 28, 2020)

Caitlin Wiesner, "Caring for the Community during a Pandemic: Lessons from HIV/AIDS," Women at the Center (May 11, 2020) 

Jessica Brabble, Ariel Ludwig, and E. Thomas Ewing, "'All the World's a Harem': Perceptions of Masked Women during the 1918-1919 Flu Pandemic," Nursing Clio (September 8, 2020)

Matthew Newsom Kerr, "Wearable Immunity: Beauty Lessons from the Pockmarking Era," Nursing Clio (January 21, 2021)

Personal Stories

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

John Marsh, "Teaching during a Pandemic - a Century Ago," History News Network (April 26, 2020)  

Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, "When Babe Ruth and the Great Influenza Gripped Boston," Smithsonian Magazine (April 30, 2020) 

Individual Experiences

Christine Vickers, "Fighting the Goblin of Horror: How the Spanish Flu Reached the New South Wales Town of Singleton," Inside Story (April 6, 2020)

Joseph T. Cochran, "Distemper in the Family of Sarah Pierpoint Edwards," Patheos (April 7, 2020)

Mitra Sharafi, "Pandemic or Poison?" Himal Southasian (April 20, 2020)

Lisa Labovitch, "Community History," A Reading Life (April 27, 2020)

Greg O'Brien, "An Awful Epidemic," TAP into Plainfield (April 30, 2020)

Patrick J. Hayes, "Redemptorists and the Spanish Flu, 1918: The Baltimore Province," Redemptorist North American Historical Bulletin (May 18, 2020)

Joseph M. Snyder, "'Our Town Has Become a Golgotha': Perspectives on the History of and Social Responses to Plague at Eyam, England, from September 1665 to November 1666," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

Chelsea Chamberlain, "'An Avalanche of Unexpected Sickness': Institutions and Disease in 1918 and Today," Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (June 23, 2020)

Jessica Otis, "History Need Not Repeat Itself When We Write the Journal of Our Plague Year," The Guardian (July 19, 2020) 

Layne Parish Craig, "Not Our First Rodeo: Reading Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider through the Lens of Denver Newspapers' Coverage of the 1918 Flu Pandemic," Nursing Clio (February 23, 2021)

Videos and Podcasts:

Martine Powers, Nancy Tomes, and Freddy Kunkle, "The Discovery of Pathogens Changed the Way We Function. Will Covid-19 Do the Same?" Post Reports (June 26, 2020)