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Galveston Remembered

18th Sep 2008 posted in Disaster Behavior

Check out this story I did for Time.com about the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history—which almost wiped Galveston off the map.

Why wasn’t there more talk of this after Hurricane Ike? It’s always fascinating to consider which disasters get forgotten. Often it has less to do with the amount of destruction—and more to do with what else was going on at the time.

That helps explain why so few of us know much about the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed an estimated 675,000 Americans.

Let me say again: 675,000 fatalities in the U.S. alone.

But there was also a war going on, of course, which is partly why it’s been wiped from our collective memory. To learn more about it, I highly recommend this CDC site on the history of the Great Pandemic—complete with very cool searchable map of the country.