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The polio epidemic in early 20th century America was a crippling (literally) health threat that seized the nation. This film, Babies and Breadwinners, documents the polio vaccination campaign in Columbus, Georgia. The film is a wonderful look at a typical 1960’s community and how it was able to band together in order to fight off a menacing disease. Precious footage of all the different aspects of community are represented: the church, the city council and government, the schools, and even print and television ads. Most interestingly, an early shot of Bozo the Clown being vaccinated is included. Babies and Breadwinners is a remarkable film that well documents the fight against polio as well as 60’s community life.