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The Influenza Epidemic


Speaker 1: Welcome to the How World War One changed America podcast series, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with host Dr. Libby O'Connell.


Libby O'Connell: My name is Libby O'Connell, and today our guest is Dr. Jennifer Keene, Dean of Wilkinson College, professor of history at Chapman University, and World War One expert. Jennifer, welcome.


Jennifer Keene: Thank you for having me. It's a pleasure to be here.


Libby O'Connell: Very interested to be talking with you about the flu epidemic that broke out during World War One as a matter of fact. Americans struggle just to understand World War One, they have even less understanding of the influenza epidemic. Can you set this story up a little bit and describe this event?