‘Calamities: World War I and the flu epidemic, 1917–1919’ explains how progressive reforms fared against a global war and epidemic. Wilson's experience prior to the presidency was in domestic affairs, but he was forced to deal with foreign affairs extensively. After a German attack forced the US into World War I, the Wilson administration passed draconian laws prohibiting alcohol and restricting freedom of expression, but pushed through female voting laws. After hostilities ceased, and while the US was dealing with domestic issues such as mergers and race riots, the world was ravaged by Spanish Influenza. Although much had improved under progressivism, healthcare had much to learn.