Pandemic and Civic Virtue: The American Red Cross and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

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Overview

Historical primary sources provide examples of civic virtue–that is, of citizens dedicating themselves to the common welfare, even at the cost of their own interests. By examining such sources, students can reflect on how civic virtue was practiced in the past, and how the concept might apply today. 

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Grade

High School, Middle School

Subjects

Civics, Social Studies

Length

40-60 minutes

Topics

1918, civic virtue, common welfare, health, influenza, pandemics, Red Cross

Author

Teaching with the Library of Congress

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