Author Ken Davis on How Fighting the Spanish Flu Transformed America

"This is stuff out of a zombie movie or The Walking Dead, but it was happening on the streets of most American cities."

John Hines
May 16, 2018 - 3:24 pm

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Author Kenneth C. Davis joined John Hines to talk about his latest book, More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War.

In his book, Davis examines the history of the Spanish flu — looking at how average people were forced to step in and become public servants.

The disease turned its victims blue from lack of oxygen, and the deaths could be gruesome. "This is stuff out of a zombie movie or The Walking Dead, but it was happening on the streets of most American cities," he said. 

Davis' book also looks at the role women played during the time.

"Because of this flu and the war, thousands and thousands of women were pressed into service as nurses... after those women came back from the war, they were not going to go back to life as it used to be, so there is no question that the passage of the suffrage act, a year later, after the war is over, has to be connected to women's experience in the war and in fighting the flu, 

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