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Veterans' Policies, Veterans' PoliticsNew Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States$
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Stephen R. Ortiz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042077

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042077.001.0001

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Architecture of Injury

Architecture of Injury

Disabled Veterans, Federal Policy, and the Built Environment in the Early Twentieth Century

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Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics

John M. Kinder

University Press of Florida

This chapter charts the evolution of the “architecture of injury” designed to heal and house disabled veterans following the Civil War and World War I. In doing so, it examines the spatial dimensions of federal disability policy in three built environments: post–Civil War soldiers’ homes, World War I–era reconstruction hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and 1920s veterans’ farm colonies. It argues that each built environment represented a different spatial strategy for resolving what came to be known as the “problem of the disabled veteran.” Furthermore, it highlights the ways federal disability policy was intimately bound up with broader concerns about gender, work, institutionalization, and the “place” of disabled veterans in American society. Ultimately, this chapter urges scholars to integrate spatial analyses into their histories of federal disability policy.

Keywords:   architecture, rehabilitation, Soldiers’ Homes, veterans, disability, farm colony, built environment, injury, federal disability policy

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