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Did Censorship Play a Role in Downplaying News about Spanish Flu?

Do you think censorship, during World War One, may have played a role in holding-back (or minimizing) information on the number of people who were sick, or dying, of Spanish Flu?  Explain your answer.

Do countries tend to keep quiet about anything which makes them seem vulnerable, even if that is only a perception? Explain your answer.

Before you read this story, did you know that the World-War-One-era outbreak of Spanish Flu was the worst epidemic the U.S. has ever known? If not, why do you think this is “news” now, a century later?            

Can you imagine knowledge about a worldwide pandemic, which is causing millions of people to die, being kept as quiet in the 21st century as it was in the 20th?


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