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The Left Armed Corps–Livestream with Dr. Allison Johnson
March 16, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Writings by veteran amputees provide insight into their trauma and process of recovery
Director of Education John Lustrea will talk with Dr. Allison Johnson about her book The Left-Armed Corps: Writings by Amputee Civil War Veterans. Johnson will discuss this unique and little-known body of Civil War literature written by veterans who lost the use of their right arm and competed in left-handed penmanship contests. Their stories tell of their battlefield experiences, the trauma of amputation, and their efforts at recovery.
Allison M. Johnson is assistant professor of English at San Jose State University. She is the author of The Scars We Carve: Bodies and Wounds in Civil War Print Culture and the co-editor of Religion and Its Reformation in America, Beginnings to 1730: An Anthology of Primary Sources.
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