On the Firing Line (c 1936)

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“All over this broad land of ours, a bitter war is being fought against tuberculosis. Able warriors, armed with modern weapons around the firing line. How goes the battle?” Showing the efforts being made by The National Tuberculosis Association, including their offices, sanitoriums, hospitals and on-the-road trailer clinics. An animation sequence with the years 1910, 1920, & 1935 uses urns to represent the number of deaths from tuberculosis. There are illustrations of crowds of people, labeled “white”, and a pointer stick outlines the argument. Another animation sequence contrasts the death rate among Negroes and whites. A third animation sequence outlines the deaths from T.B. among industrial workers — most deaths occurring from unskilled laborers. It emphasizes that tuberculosis is a national problem because, “no home is safe until every home is safe”.

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