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Spanish Influenza Epidemic at Anderson College

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From the photograph album of Kathleen Haynie, ’21, Anderson University Digital Archives. (Courtesy of George W. Haynie ’70. )

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic (from 1917 to 1919) infected over 20 million people and killed over 850,000. Anderson College students were quarantined and no visitors were allowed on campus. Dr. Olga Pruitt, Anderson College Physician 1913-1956, was very proud that not a single student life was lost during the flu epidemic of 1918-1919. See Appendix C in Kathryn Copeland, Dr. Annie Dove Denmark: South Carolina’s First Female College President (Charleston: History Press, 2011), page 125.

(Blog content courtesy of Dr. Joyce Wood)






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