The Pandemic

Place matters in the study of history. Americus offers a case study for the experience of a medium-sized city during the global influenza pandemic of 1918-20. Explore the options below to learn more about this southern city and the pandemic. Choose below

A postcard showing the local post office and government building

Post Office and Government Building postcard, Americus, Ga., ca. 1910.

A photograph of Souther Field hospital

Souther Field Hospital, Americus, Ga., Georgia Archives

Americus Times-Recorder, December 15, 1918.

A photograph of a thirteen-year-old African American sharecropper

Dorothea Lange, "Thirteen-year old sharecropper boy near Americus, Georgia," 1937, Library of Congress.

Americus High School, ca. 1920

A postcard of the First Methodist Church

First Methodist Church postcard, ca. 1920

Counting and Remembering

Sarah Burkhalter, courtesy of Sen. George Hooks

Georgia Southwestern College, ca. 1940.