The Many Disabled Lives of Captain Leonard Cooper: Narrative and Identity in Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Lecture Description

Captain Leonard Cooper claimed that he lost his leg after being shot in a skirmish near Paramus Meeting House, but that is not what happened. By examining the many stories that Cooper, his commanding officers, and his family members told about his amputated leg, this lecture explores the relationship between narrative and identity in Revolutionary War disability pension applications.

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Disability Revolutionary and Early National

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