Unit 5 Class Notes- imperialism and wwi american Expansionism

The Spanish Flu Epidemic-

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The Spanish Flu Epidemic- Perhaps the most devastating effect of the war on the home front was the Spanish influenza pandemic that ravaged the country, and the world, in 1918 and 1919.

  • Possibly spread by returning soldiers, the flu epidemic affected about one-quarter of the U.S. population

    • Mines shut down, telephone service was cut in half, and factories and offices staggered working hours to avoid spreading the disease

  • More than one-quarter of service members were also hit by the flu

  • ***At least 50 million people died worldwide as a result of the Spanish influenza pandemic!

Wilson’s Fight for a “Just and Lasting” Peace
Long before the war had reached its conclusion, President Wilson was thinking to the future. On January 8, 1918, the president delivered his Fourteen Points, his vision to prevent another war, to Congress.

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