Where: Knight Library Browsing Room
"America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era."
Bob H. Reinhardt, Executive Director, Willamette Heritage Center
Monday, February 22, 2016
Knight Library Browsing Room
By the mid-twentieth century, smallpox had vanished from North America and Europe but continued to persist throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. In 1965, the United States joined an international effort to eradicate the disease, and after fifteen years of steady progress, the effort succeeded. Bob H. Reinhardt demonstrates that the fight against smallpox drew American liberals into new and complex relationships in the global Cold War, as he narrates the history of the only cooperative international effort to successfully eliminate a disease.