In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, American culture has experienced a renewed interest in pandemic events, including the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. Based on research carried out in cemeteries and monuments in Salt Lake City, Utah, this paper compares commemoration practices relating to the Spanish Influenza pandemic and the simultaneous events of First World War within the city. Such research provides evidence that warfare enjoys a greater presence in places of social memory than does disease, suggesting an inequality in the cultural value placed on different causes of death. This outcome is the result of numerous factors and continues to impact the relationship between memory, disease, and American society today.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Anthropology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gustafson, Bethany Kathleen, "Remembering and Forgetting: The Commemoration of the First World War and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic in Salt Lake City, Utah" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 10027.
World War One, Spanish Influenza, social memory, cemetery, monuments