teens against polioThe National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) organized American teenagers into volunteer groups to fight polio and reduce adult concerns about ‘juvenile delinquency.’ The alliance  enabled the Foundation to increase its influence and fundraising, while providing teenagers an opportunity to assert their power and challenge prejudice. Although the Foundation managed this alliance, young volunteers joined for their own reasons and shaped the program to suit their own aspirations.

Historical Scholarship


Additional Sources

  • Nichols, Janice. Twin Voices: A Memoir of Polio, the Forgotten Killer. New York: iUniverse, 2008.