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1918 brought good news amid epidemic

At Thanksgiving 1918 the Spanish flu epidemic raging across the world still had south Louisiana in its grip. The Crowley Signal, for example, reported that it was “very prevalent throughout this section,” and newspapers across the area carried reports of prominent citizens suffering from the illness.
But good news outweighed the bad: World War I, then called “the greatest war ever,” had finally ended. Tyranny was defeated, our soldiers were coming home.

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