Historians Katherine Landdeck and Mark Tebeau weigh in on the importance of chronicling all types of experiences, no matter how mundane they may seem.
In this podcast, medical historian Dr. Howard Markel shares lessons to be learned from the 1918 flu outbreak, and podcast host shares 102-year-old letters from her aunt's family.
by Daphne Geismar
A virus doesn’t discriminate. But our social structures, systemic biases, and policy choices have made some populations particularly vulnerable. This pandemic has changed us. We must make changes so this tragedy, like the Holocaust, isn’t repeated.
by John Marsh
In letters the author's grandmother wrote to her beau in the Army between 1918 and 1919, the flu was a constant subject.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Kevin Mitchell Mercer prompted a revealing Twitter conversation among history teachers in K-12 and higher education about this moment and how to capture it for students in class.
Historians including Kevin Levin, Nancy Bristow and Lora Vogt reflect on what people today can do to help historians of the future understand life during the COVID crisis.
“There will always be official records,” says Anne McDonough. “But the thoughts and the responses and the impact on everyday, local people, if it is not actively collected, unfortunately that will go by the wayside.”
SOURCE: New York Times
Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings.
by Karin Wulf
In Washington’s Virginia, family was a crucial determinant of social and economic status, and freedom.
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