American Experience: The Polio Crusade

Overview

Documentary filmmaker Sarah Colt draws on personal accounts of polio survivors to trace the story of the tireless crusader who rallied a nation against a little known virus that spread terror through the town of Wytheville, Virginia back in the summer of 1950. It was an epidemic the likes of which Wytheville had never seen: Parents kept their kids locked safely indoors as movie theaters went dark and baseball fields fell silent for fear that simply walking outdoors would be enough to get infected with polio. Some...
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Overview

Documentary filmmaker Sarah Colt draws on personal accounts of polio survivors to trace the story of the tireless crusader who rallied a nation against a little known virus that spread terror through the town of Wytheville, Virginia back in the summer of 1950. It was an epidemic the likes of which Wytheville had never seen: Parents kept their kids locked safely indoors as movie theaters went dark and baseball fields fell silent for fear that simply walking outdoors would be enough to get infected with polio. Some died from infection, and others were left paralyzed as outsiders raced through town with bandanas over their faces and car windows securely rolled up. Over 33,000 Americans fell ill from polio that year alone, with approximately half of the infected being under the age of ten.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Materials for educators
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 841887010399
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,832

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julius Younger Participant
Linda Hunt Voice Only
Technical Credits
Sarah Colt Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John Kusiak Score Composer
Randall MacLowry Editor
Stephen McCarthy Cinematographer
Stephanie Mills Associate Producer
Mark Samels Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: The Polio Crusade
1. Introduction [6:21]
2. The March of Dimes [9:44]
3. Fears of Polio [5:58]
4. Bold Science [10:47]
5. Iron Lung [4:51]
6. Polio Pioneers [3:20]
7. Eradication [11:13]
8. Credits [1:43]
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Disc #1 -- American Experience: The Polio Crusade
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