That was the first time I had heard of that epidemic that killed so many people. It struck during W.W. I and impacted soldiers in particular, as well as civilians.
Until the international tragedy of Covid in 2020, the so-called Spanish Flu was the severest epidemic of the modern era, although in earlier history there had been other devastating epidemics. I was shocked that I had never registered the 1918 flu epidemic prior to reading the novel, and I wondered whether I had heard of it and paid too little attention. Is it possible that a novel caught my attention more strongly that an earlier historic account had? I hope not, but sometimes reading history seems less personal than it should, and a story touches us more strongly.
|Tulsa Race Riot of 1921|