“Bring in the Lame, the Halt, and the Blind


I just stumbled upon a novel that includes people with disabilities. I’ve never heard of it before. If some of you are readers, maybe you can join me in searching for it. It’s called Four Freedoms by John Crowley. During World War II Henry and Jules Van Damme can’t justify taking workers from agrarian or armaments assembly support efforts for the War in Europe. They were trying to draft plans for building an aeronautics plant. A vice president at their company jokingly suggests “making do, with women, the coloreds, the oldsters, the defectives, the handicaps.[8] Henry enthusiastically agrees telling his recruitment services, “Go out into the highways and the byways, bring in the lame, the halt, and the blind”.[9

Since I hate giving spoilers for books anyway, and i haven’t read this one at all, I’ll leave this synopsis as it is. I’m fascinated by the idea of using the marginalized people mentioned in any kind of war effort. I hope it might be a stereotype-breaking type novel that somehow might change our views on what “those” individuals can do.


Why I Stopped Making New Year’s Resolutions

Exercise 30 minutes a day
Stop eating Oreo cookies
Keep my room with everything in its place
Read fewer than two books a week
Write something creative every day

Well, would you look at that?
I’m keeping a New Year’s Resolution I haven’t made in years.

I guess there’s hope that I’ll learn to keep my room neat after all.


About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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2 Responses to “Bring in the Lame, the Halt, and the Blind

  1. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0061231517?keywords=Four%20Freedoms%20by%20John%20Crowley&qid=1453017395&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
    Sounds interesting. The sexism, racism, ageism and disabilsm, the viewpoints of certain characters will be insightful of society of those times. Is it based on fact, do you know?


    • lana1967 says:

      All I found that seems to address this is what I’m going to copy and paste here.

      The marginalization of people with disabilities continued until World War I when veterans with disabilities expected that the US government provide rehabilitation in exchange for their service to the nation. In the 1930s the United States saw the introduction of many new advancements in technology as well as in government assistance, contributing to the self-reliance and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities.

      President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the first president with a disability, was a great advocate for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, but still operated under the notion that a disability was an abnormal, shameful condition, and should be medically cured or fixed.

      In the 1940s and 1950s, disabled World War II veterans placed increasing pressure on government to provide them with rehabilitation and vocational training. World War II veterans made disability issues more visible to a country of thankful citizens who were concerned for the long-term welfare of young men who sacrificed their lives to secure the safety of the United States.



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