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Wireless Technology

By the outbreak of World War I, wireless technology had been in existence for several decades. In the late 19th century, technology pioneers Alexander Graham Bell and Guglielmo Marconi were instrumental in the invention of devices that could transmit sound wirelessly. Radio, which was deemed “wireless technology” in the beginning, was the main way of…

Suffragist Trivia Question

Work out those brain muscles & test your knowledge on the history of the Suffragist movement with this 2 part question. Q: What country and organization did the National Woman’s Party borrow their tactics from to incorporate hunger strikes & picketing at the White House?

The Women Behind the Suffragist Movement

Looking back a century ago the treatment of the females during the suffragist movement was inconceivable.  There were numerous atrocities the suffragists succumbed for years to be given the freedom to vote.  Countless picketers were jailed and force fed; their signs and banners were confiscated and destroyed; and they were often beaten and mistreated by policemen. Women of all ages, educational backgrounds,…

Women’s Right to Vote

Emmeline Pankhurst, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Jeannette Rankin were just few of the women who led the Suffragist movement.  The leaders of the Suffragists used World War I to their advantage to argue their cause.  How could President Wilson send troops to fight for democracy in other lands when the women of…

From Adversity Comes Art

    Some lasting artwork came from victims of shellshock undergoing occupational therapy treatment. The famous wartime poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon wrote for the Hydra, the inpatient magazine at the Craiglockhart War Hospital, while suffering from shellshock. The practice of encouraging sufferers of PTSD to create things continues in the form of art…

How Have We Changed?

Soldiers who displayed signs of physical distress as a result of the stress of combat were not always treated kindly. Many were tried and executed for desertion. In 2006, a blanket posthumous pardon was issued for British soldiers who were shot at dawn for cowardice or desertion. How have our views on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder changed…

First US Troops Arrive in France, 26 June 1917

The arrival in France of General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing in 1917 to lead American Expeditionary Forces. From L’Illustration, 1917.  Design Pics Historical Collection / Universal Images Group During World War I, the first 14,000 U.S. infantry troops land in France at the port of Saint Nazaire. The landing site had been kept secret…

Psychological War Wounds

  The concept of psychological war wounds was new at the time, and doctors scrambled to find effective treatments for their charges. Major Arthur Hurst pioneered a regimen for sufferers of shellshock at Netley Hospital that boasted a 90 percent success rate. A major aspect of his treatment was occupational therapy, and his charges worked…