Polio Vaccine
Polio Survivors Recount Contracting The Disease


Polio is an infectious disease spread from person to person. Polio can result in severe muscle weakness, most commonly involving the legs. In the 1950s, Jonas Salk created a polio vaccine that was used to vaccinate children across the United States. In this video, polio survivors recall coming down with … Continue reading

Cold War
Stasi Victims and Agents On Their Experiences

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The Stasi were the official state security service of East Germany established in 1950. It is considered to be one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies of all time. The Stasi were headquartered in East Berlin, and they were responsible for spying on the population. … Continue reading

Cold War
Alger Hiss Interviewed About His Conviction

Alger Hiss Interviewed About His Conviction

Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury on January 21, 1950. Whitaker Chambers, a former Communist Party member, had testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that Hiss had secretly been a Communist. Hiss denied this allegation. Chambers then produced evidence that he and Hiss had been involved in espionage, … Continue reading

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Eisenhower’s Atoms For Peace Speech


On December 8, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly entitled “Atoms for Peace”. Following this speech, the United States launched the “Atoms for Peace” program, which supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals and research institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. This … Continue reading