This is a national magazine that people all over the United States would receive in the mail if they were subscribers. This edition included an article about the polio hospital in Hickory.
Citation: “Infantile paralysis: Child victims fill beds of an emergency hospital as epidemic hits rural counties of North Carolina.” Life, July 31, 1945, pp. 25-28. https://books.google.com/books?id=904EAAAAMBAJ. Accessed 2 June 2023.
- Why do you think the author chose to show the images that were included in the article for this national publication?
- Pick one photo from the included page that you feel would have the biggest emotional impact on readers. Describe in your own words what is happening in the photo and why you chose it.
- At the end of this article the author states, “Promise of this cooperative response is that at least 50 percent of the patients will recover without ill effects.” What do you think would have happened if the community did not help with the hospital? Do you think this is a good survival percentage for a disease that at the time was so mysterious? Why?