The Anti-Mask Controversy: It’s Not New

“Anti-Mask” rants have taken over school board meetings, city council meetings, airplanes and stores throughout America. But did people act like this during the Flu Pandemic of 1918? In this episode, we examine what happened during the “Spanish Flu” when mask mandates were put into effect. Then we talk with Comedian Kelly Collette for the quick quiz!

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Sources for this episode:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Mask_League_of_San_Francisco

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-1918-americans-were-asked-to-wear-masks-some-refused–and-paid-the-price/2020/07/01/748d3fde-bbb5-11ea-80b9-40ece9a701dc_story.html


https://www.silive.com/news/2021/09/how-nyc-beat-deadly-1918-flu-without-vaccines-lockdowns-mask-mandates-or-school-closures.html

https://untappedcities.com/2020/07/15/the-anti-mask-league-of-1919-the-cultural-battle-of-an-enduring-pandemic/


https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2020/04/29/protesting-during-a-pandemic-isnt-new-meet-the-anti-mask-league/?sh=3dd9428812f9

https://www.history.com/news/1918-spanish-flu-mask-wearing-resistance

https://quod.lib.umich.edu/f/flu/5190flu.0003.915/1/–aggressive-anti-flu-campaign-best-method-to-combat-plague?rgn=full+text;view=image;q1=mask

https://quod.lib.umich.edu/f/flu/0800flu.0005.080/1/–flu-mask-order-stands-option-is-permissible?rgn=full+text;view=image;q1=mask


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Forgotten history, bizarre tales & facts that seem too strange to be true! Host Michael Kent asks listeners to tell him something strange, bizarre or surprising that they've recently learned and he gets to the bottom of it! Every episode ends by playing a gameshow-style quiz game with a celebrity guest. Part of the WCBE Podcast Experience.

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