Advancements made during the cold war

Polio Vaccine

In the early 1950's Jonas Salk developed a vaccine that stops the nation's most feared disease: polio. Before the vaccine, it affected 58,000 american children by killing some and making others need crutches or wheel chairs. FDR had it while he was President. Because Jonas Salk Made a great discovery, the new cases in the country dropped to 7.


Television was introduced in 1948 and grew very quickly. It reached 9% of the US by 1950 and 58% by 1954. It started a new way for advertisers to get their messages across. It also provided the country with entertainment and information.