Americans are heading to the polls as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise. But this isn't the first time the U.S. has held an election during a deadly global pandemic. During the so-called 1918 Spanish Influenza, politicians were attempting to campaign and Americans trying to make their voices heard at the ballot box without many of the modern conveniences we have today, like mail-in and absentee voting.
President Trump's White House and medical team have been criticized for not being transparent enough about the president's condition after he tested positive for COVID-19. But this isn't the first president to contract a deadly pandemic virus. President Woodrow Wilson's personal physician tried to downplay the severity of the president's illness during a crucial moment in American history when he became sick during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic.
Aug. 18 marks 100 years since women gained the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Today, female voters hold a crucial role in American elections.
From 1918 to 1920, the Spanish flu pandemic killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions worldwide. Yet the U.S. emerged with a roaring economy in what became known as the Roaring ’20s. What lessons can we take away from that crisis 100 years ago?
As cases of COVID-19 spread worldwide, one expert tells Yahoo News there’s an important lesson we should learn from the deadliest pandemic in modern history: Tell the truth.
The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday making lynching a federal crime — paving the way for it to head to the president’s desk after more than 100 years of hundreds of failed attempts.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution to eliminate a deadline that expired in 1982 for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). If added to the Constitution, the ERA would affirm that men and women are equal under the law and would provide a legal remedy against sex discrimination.
“This metastasizing debt crisis has had tremendous social costs. An entire generation has been set back.”
“It is not the government’s job to step in and rescue those who took on more debt than their future incomes would support.”
“Many student-borrowers need relief, but well-off borrowers who are thriving — thanks to their college degrees — do not.”
“It will stimulate the lagging economy. And though not everyone will directly benefit, the country as a whole will improve.”
“Canceling student debt would cost billions of dollars each year and would exacerbate, not lessen, economic inequalities.”