Nova Scotia and the Great Influenza Pandemic, 1918-1920

Ruth Holmes Whitehead

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ISBN: 9781771089159

Nova Scotia and the Great Influenza Pandemic, 1918-1920

A Remembrance of the Dead and an Archive for the Living

  Author:   Ruth Holmes Whitehead    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

The definitive academic resource on the Great Influenza by the celebrated historian behind Black Loyalists in time for the pandemic’s centenary.

It could kill in as little as ten hours. Extremely high fever, bleeding from eyes, nose, and ears, terrible pain, especially in the head and the joints, delirium—and then its victims literally drowned in their own fluids. Fifty to 100 million people worldwide died in this global pandemic in the early twentieth century.

The Great Influenza first entered Nova Scotia through ports. (Sydney, Cape Breton, received five hundred sick American troops in a single day.) For three years, the province coped with this vicious epidemic as it spread like wildfire. Local economies ceased functioning; fishing fleets, banks, and apple-canning factories reported all staff were suffering from the flu.

The heart of this book, however, is its human element. Oral histories, family memoirs, newspaper articles, and provincial death records tell, county by county, stories of those who died. Accompanied by 20 photographs, Nova Scotia and the Great Influenza Pandemic, 1918–1920 chronicles both provincial and personal efforts to cope during this most perilous time.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771089159
Item NB1543
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on November 20 2020
Language eng
Pages 400
Format Paperback
Dimensions9.25(in) x 6.25(in)
Shipping weight691(g)
Ruth Holmes Whitehead is a renowned Mi'kmaw historian and ethnologist. She has worked with the Nova Scotia Museum for over forty years, first as assistant curator in history and now as research associate. She is the author of several books, including Six Mi’kmaq Stories and The Old Man Told Us. She lives in Halifax.