This week, we will focus on the transatlantic emergence of rehabilitation programs aimed at “restoring” disabled veterans to breadwinner statuses in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rehabilitators, policymakers and, at times, disabled veterans borrowed from each others’ programs and advocacy efforts.
Please use the comment function to post two discussion questions about this week’s readings by Thursday at 2 pm. Focus on intriguing or controversial points in the readings that you think will spark discussion. Strong discussion questions are open-ended, engage with major points in author(s)’ arguments, and are not factual in nature.
Please also post one of the following:
- a short description (1-3 sentences) of your “muddiest point,” that is, what important point of the author’s argument did you have trouble grasping
- your “most interesting connection” for this week’s reading
If you refer to a specific point or quote in one of the readings, please provide the author and page number.
1) Beth Linker, The War’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America (University of Chicago Press, 2011)
2) Jennifer Davis McDaid, “‘How a One-Legged Rebel Lives’: Confederate Veterans and Artificial Limbs in Virginia,” in Katherine Ott, David Serlin, and Stephen Mihm, eds., Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics in America (NYU Press, 2002), pp. 119-143 (MavSpace)
3) Choose one of the following:
- Greg Eghigian, “The Regenerative Welfare State: Therapy, Work, and the Birth of Rehabilitation, 1884-1914,” in Making Security Social, Disability, Insurance, and the Birth of the Social Entitlement State in Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2000), pp. 117-158 (MavSpace)
- Seth Koven, “Remembering and Dismemberment: Crippled Children, Wounded Soldiers, and the Great War in Britain,” American Historical Review 99, no. 4 (October 1994): 1167-1202 (MavSpace)
- Joanna Bourke, “Effeminancy, Ethnicity, and the End of Trauma: The Sufferings of ‘Shell Shocked’ Men in Great Britain and Ireland, 1914-1939,” Journal of Contemporary History 35, no. 1 (2000): 57-69 (MavSpace)