Tag Archives: Covid-19 Pandemic

The Real Threats of Spanish Flu & Covid-19

Historically, the movement of people has always spread disease. We are taught as children about the Black Death that killed a one third of Europe’s population. Those initial introductions to the devastating impacts of epidemics leave lasting impressions upon us into our adulthoods. However, to what extent have the lessons from past pandemics remained in our public psyche? Continue reading

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America First: An Idea with Deep Roots

By Heather Marie Stur, University of Southern Mississippi Isolationism before Pearl Harbor American popular memory of the World War II homefront centers on the notion that U.S. citizens came together to support the war effort. Families planted victory gardens, bought … Continue reading

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How Poorer Eastern European Nations Have Largely Kept Covid-19 Cases under Control

Several countries in the Eastern European region have experienced significantly lower numbers of Covid-19 cases than most. At first glance, they appear to be ill-prepared to handle Covid-19. These countries are not known for having robust and healthy economies. They are also not known for the quality or size of their healthcare systems. Furthermore, most of these countries belong to the European Union, so workers and trade move freely in and out of those countries. So, given these factors, how have they managed to contain transmission of Covid-19, and not be as devastated as the rest of the world? Continue reading

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Dancing in the Time of Corona

In times of historic crisis, dancing offers a very visible and whole-bodied display of continued existence and resolve, whether it’s in the face of a dangerous disease or of an enemy leader, or outside a hospital or in a bomb-ravaged street. Through the feelings of fun and joy it bestows, it enables people to dance out or through some of the fear, suffering, and grief, and expresses their hope and their determination to survive. Continue reading

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World War II: When the Government Protected All Essential Workers

If coal miners, mill hands, and auto workers once stood at the iconic heart of our 20th century industrial imagination, this crisis has finally, but decisively, put those who staff the nation’s retail/distribution complex in their stead. Continue reading

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Historians Explore Comparisons between the Covid-19 Pandemic and World War II

By Douglas Bristol, editor of Reflections on War and Society On March 31, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the Covid-19 pandemic is the worst crisis since World War II because the virus threatens every nation.  Other world leaders joined him … Continue reading

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