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.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.