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Hist 1302 Blog - Week 02

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Hist 1302 Blog - Week 02

  1. 1. America in the Year 2000: Edward Bellamy's Utopian Vision HIST 1302: US History Survey, 1877-The Present Week 2
  2. 2. Professor Dobe's Introduction (Video Not Available)
  3. 3. A Vision of America at 2000:  Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward •Edward Bellamy looked ahead to 2000 from 1887.  1887 was a time in the American past when stark divisions between wealth and poverty were common place. This divided America of the "Gilded Age" is the America we are learning about in class. •Bellamy wrote of an idealized America in the year 2000 in which the benefits of industrialization were available to everyone, not just a wealthy few. •One of the things he foresaw was excellent healthcare for all.  Ensuring that Americans have the best health care is still a controversial topic.  Have you seen any of the Town Hall Meetings on Health Care Reform?  Have a look at one on the next slide ...
  4. 4. Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Congressman Brian Baird
  5. 5. Can I See The Doctor of My Choice at the Turn of the 21st Century? In Looking Backward, a businessman from Boston named Julian West, has traveled forward in time to the year 2000.  As he learns About the expanded role of government in 21st Century American life, he expresses his concerns to Dr. Leete about access to health care in 21st Century:   "When you want a doctor," I asked, "do you simply apply to the proper bureau and take any one that may be sent?"      
  6. 6. Quality Health Care With Choice for All in the USA The doctor replied as follows:   "That rule would not work well in the case of physicians," replied Dr. Leete. "The good a physician can do a patient depends largely on his acquaintance with his constitutional tendencies and condition. The patient must be able, therefore, to call in a particular doctor, and he does so just as patients did in your day. The only difference is that, instead of collecting his fee for himself, the doctor collects it for the nation by picking off the amount, according to a regular scale for medical attendance, from the patient's credit card."    
  7. 7. What Would Happen to Doctors in the Healthcare System of 2000? Julian West, the business man from Boston,  then expressed his concerns to Dr. Leete about the quality of health care in 21st Century:    "I can imagine," I said, "that if the fee is always the same, and a doctor may not turn away patients, as I suppose he may not, the good doctors are called constantly and the poor doctors left in idleness."  
  8. 8. In the 21st Century, Doctors Are Professionals and Not Profiteers Dr. Letee replies to Mr. West's question on behalf of the 21st Century Medical Profession:   "In the first place, if you will overlook the apparent conceit of the remark from a retired physician," replied Dr. Leete, with a smile, "we have no poor doctors. Anybody who pleases to get a little smattering of medical terms is not now at liberty to practice on the bodies of citizens, as in your day. None but students who have passed the severe tests of the schools, and clearly proved their vocation, are permitted to practice. Then, too, you will observe that there is nowadays no attempt of doctors to build up their practice at the expense of other doctors. There would be no motive for that. For the rest, the doctor has to render regular reports of his work to the medical bureau, and if he is not reasonably well employed, work is found for him."
  9. 9. What Made the American Utopia Possible in the Year 2000? In Bellamy's futuristic novel, to ensure that all could participate in the "good life" the American government had taken on many more responsibilities in 2000 than merely organizing health care.      Read Chapters 5-7 of Looking Backward online.  In your blog post, tell the class how an expanded role for government made the good life possible for all Americans in Bellamy's fictionalized 2000.  
  10. 10. What Made the American Utopia Possible in the Year 2000? In Bellamy's futuristic novel, to ensure that all could participate in the "good life" the American government had taken on many more responsibilities in 2000 than merely organizing health care.      Read Chapters 5-7 of Looking Backward online.  In your blog post, tell the class how an expanded role for government made the good life possible for all Americans in Bellamy's fictionalized 2000.  

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