The Christian Science Monitor

Past crises brought change. What will this pandemic bring?

Jerry Apps was pulling his sled home from his one-room country school in rural Wisconsin on a January afternoon in 1947 when he started to feel ill. Within days his family knew it was polio, the worst public health threat in American communities of the postwar era.

While his father helped him largely regain use of his legs, there was no more basketball, baseball, track, or helping his folks on the farm.

He grappled with worthlessness throughout his childhood, he says. But at the urging of a teacher, he joined a typewriting class. He was the only boy and says he excelled because his fingers were strong from milking cows. Another teacher, recognizing his suffering on the sidelines of the sports he loved, urged him to

Ideas of national sacrificeWhat comes out of this?

Vous lisez un aperçu, inscrivez-vous pour en lire plus.

Centres d'intérêt associés

Plus de The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor2 min de lecturePsychology
Work-from-home Fathers Rethink Parenting
Couples who have school-age children and can work from home are resetting traditional parenting roles. After the pandemic, old notions of fatherhood may not hold anymore.
The Christian Science Monitor4 min de lecture
Year Of Racial Awakening May Topple Richmond’s Last Confederate Statue
Black Lives Matter has transformed the social and physical landscape of America, bringing down prominent Confederate statues across the country.
The Christian Science Monitor3 min de lecture
Big Personalities And Politics: ‘Mank’ Offers Hijinks From Old Hollywood
“Mank,” a possible Oscar contender about a “Citizen Kane” screenwriter, is at its most enjoyable when it explores the people behind the tinsel.