Influenza 1918

In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die. The cause of death was identified as influenza but it was unlike any strain ever seen. As the virus spread across the country, hospitals overfilled, death carts roamed the streets, and helpless city officials dug mass graves. It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000—until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.

[text adapted from pbs.org]

Credits

Written by Ken Chowder
Directed and Produced by Robert Kenner
Edited by Alison Elwood
Produced by WGBH for The American Experience