12 Historical Problems We Only Thought We’d Solved

12 Historical Problems We Only Thought We’d Solved

It's been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately, this saying has become all too real in recent years. We are seeing the return of a number of historical problems that we thought were long gone, and it's not a pretty sight. From the Black Death to outdated laws, from lead poisoning to modern slavery, these 12 issues have been around for centuries and, unfortunately, they are all back. 

In this list, we will go through the 12 historical problems that are unfortunately making a comeback. From the resurgence of the Black Death to the rise of child labor, we will explore the causes of these issues and how they are impacting our world today. We will also look at what can be done to address these issues and how we can prevent them from becoming a bigger problem in the future. 

So, without further ado, let's take a look at the 12 historical problems that, unfortunately, are coming back.

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Still killing, centuries later.

CRACKED BUBONIC PLAGUE The Black Death, AKA the biggest-ever bubonic plague outbreak, lasted for centuries, and it's estimated that it killed around 25 million people. It looked like the bubonic plague was gone, but it turns out a few people per year still get it.


Outdated laws, deadly consequences.

CRACKED LETHAL НОМОРНОВІА In Kenya and Uganda, it is against the law to be in a same-sex relationship, and if you're caught, you could face the death penalty or a long jail sentence.


Poland: Not so LGBT-friendly.

CRACKED INSTITUTIONALIZED LGBT DISCRIMINATION In 2020, lots of places in Poland declared themselves LGBT-free zones, which the European Union said was extremely wrong and-- shocker -- caused a lot of trouble for LGBT people in the country.


Diphtheria: Back with a Vengeance.

CRACKED DIPHTHERIA Researchers are warning that diphtheria could become a major global threat again, as it develops resistance to antibiotics, and people's vaccination schedules are thrown off by the coronavirus pandemic.


Armadillos: Not Just Cute Anymore.

CRACKED LEPROSY Leprosy is still around in the U.S., and it can be passed on from one person to another, as well as from touching armadillos or being in an area where they live.


Smoking: Still a thing.

CRACKED THE SMOKING EPIDEMIC In 2018, the percentage of American adults who smoked cigarettes reached its lowest point ever, at 13.7%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, in 2020, cigarette sales went up for the first time in 20 years.

NY Times 

Modern slavery: 40.3 million and counting.

CRACKED SLAVERY It's estimated that right now, more people than ever before are living in slavery. The United Nations' International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation say that 40.3 million people are affected.

The Guardian 

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