Impact of Flu in America, 1918

This article, published in the Cleveland Advocate during November of 1918, discusses an interesting phenomenon occurring during the Spanish Flu Pandemic: African-Americans were not "getting the flu" as often as white people.

In "Heart to Heart Talks," we read these words:

Taken in a collective sense this disease is very much confined to the white race.

Perhaps our people understand better how to fight it, or they are not so nervous about it. In the city proper many plants have closed down owing to the shortage of labor caused by the disease.

The article continues (on the second page):

If you know of anyone who needs a doctor and are not able to pay for a doctor's call, let us know and we will see that he or she gets a city doctor free of charge. We are here to help our people, and we expect them to help us.

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Media Credits

Document descibed above, from the Cleveland Advocate; online, courtesy the Ohio Historical Society's "African-American Experience in Ohio."


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