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American Experience; Influenza 1918


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American Experience
Influenza 1918
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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As the nation mobilized for war in the spring of 1918, ailing Private Albert Gitchell reported to an army hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with influenza, a disease about which doctors knew little. Before the year was out, America would be ravaged by a flu epidemic that killed 600,000 people -- more than died in all the wars of this century combined - - before disappearing as mysteriously as it began.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Influenza 1918,” 01/02/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0DC9A84E788041488A72CDE123555170.
MLA: “American Experience; Influenza 1918.” 01/02/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0DC9A84E788041488A72CDE123555170>.
APA: American Experience; Influenza 1918. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0DC9A84E788041488A72CDE123555170
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