'Salk hops' : teen health activism and the fight against polio, 1955 – 1960

Mawdsley, Stephen E. (2016) 'Salk hops' : teen health activism and the fight against polio, 1955 – 1960. Cultural and Social History. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1478-0038

[img]
Preview
Text (Mawdsley-CSH2016-salk-hops-teen-health-activism-fight-against-polio)
Mawdsley_CSH2016_salk_hops_teen_health_activism_fight_against_polio.pdf
Accepted Author Manuscript

Download (77kB)| Preview

    Abstract

    In the late 1950s, a health charity, known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March of Dimes), organized American teens into volunteer divisions to fight polio, as well as tame adult anxieties surrounding juvenile delinquency. The alliance that developed permitted the NFIP to increase its influence and revenue, while granting teens an opportunity to assert their cultural power and challenge negative stereotypes. Although the NFIP nurtured and at times dominated the relationship, young volunteers joined for their own reasons and shaped the program to suit their own aspirations and interests.