In the mid-twentieth century, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (the predecessor to today’s March of Dimes) pioneered a new approach to philanthropy, raising money a dime at a time from millions of small donors. The nonprofit enlisted poster children, celebrities, presidents, and other partners in their high-profile campaigns.
By 1954, the National Foundation was the nation’s leading health charity, capturing nearly half of all charitable donations to those causes. However, with 100,000 cases per year, polio was a smaller public health threat than tuberculosis, heart disease, cancer, cerebal palsy, or muscular dystrophy.
Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
In 1967, thousands of hippies flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.