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New Disability History American Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0814785646
ISBN-13: 9780814785645
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

View the Table of Contents nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . "Historians of medicine and technology will find this book an interesting introduction to a highly politicized and novel area of scholarship. This work should inspire research projects into more diverse and less categorized areas of disability." Technology & Culture "With this work, Longmore and Umansky offer historians, sociologists and other readers intrigued by this area of scholarship an opportunity to understand disabilities as broader and more complex than a single, generic and primarily medical category." Publishers Weekly "The essays introduce into the historical record a diverse group of people whose views and experiences have been largely excluded, challenge conventional notions of bodily integrity, and represent an important new subfield in American history from which we can expect rich and exciting innovation." The Historian "The fifteen essays contained in it are thorough, wide-ranging and convincing in their interpretations. . . . This is a powerful contribution to the emancipatory efforts of disabled activists and one that historians should seek to encourage. For this, Longmore and Umansky's collection should be strongly commended." Journal of American Studies "The New Disability History: American Perspectivesis a truly groundbreaking volume and is well-deserving of the praise heaped on its back cover." H-Net Reviews The essays show us that disability has a place in various parts of our history. While there is an enormous diversity of disability, the collection of essays reminds us of how comparable social perils recur across various disability groups and throughout their particular histories." Metapsychology Disability has always been a preoccupation of American society and culture. From antebellum debates about qualification for citizenship to current controversies over access andreasonable accommodations, disability has been present, in penumbra if not in print, on virtually every page of American history. Yet historians have only recently begun the deep excavation necessary to retrieve lives shrouded in religious, then medical, and always deep-seated cultural, misunderstanding. This volume opens up disability's hidden history. In these pages, a North Carolina Youth finds his identity as a deaf Southerner challenged in Civil War-era New York. Deaf community leaders ardently defend sign language in early 20th century America. The mythic Helen Keller and the long-forgotten American Blind People's higher Education and General Improvement Association each struggle to shape public and private roles for blind Americans. White and black disabled World War I and II veterans contest public policies and cultural values to claim their citizenship rights. Neurasthenic Alice James and injured turn-of-the-century railroadmen grapple with the interplay of disability and gender. Progressive-erarehabilitationistsfashion programs to makecrippledchildren economically productive and socially valid, and two Depression-era fathers murder their sons as public opinion blames the boys' mothers for having cherished the lads' lives. These and many other figures lead readers through hospital-schools, courtrooms, advocacy journals, and beyond to discover disability's past. Coupling empirical evidence with the interdisciplinary tools and insights of disability studies, the book explores the complex meanings of disability as identity and cultural signifier in American history. Table of Contents Introduction: Disability History: From the Margins to the Mainstream Paul K. Longmore and Lauri Umansk

Paul K. Longmore is Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and author of The Invention of George Washington . 

Lauri Umansky is Professor of History at Suffolk University and is the author of The New Disability History: American Perspectives  and "Bad Mother: The Politics of Blame in the Twentieth Century America . 

Introduction: Disability History: From the Margins to the Mainstream
Uses and Contests
Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History
"Speech Has an Extraordinary Humanizing Power": Horace Mann and the Problem of Nineteenth-Century American Deaf Education
"This Unnatural and Fratricidal Strife": A Family's Negotiation of the Civil War, Deafness, and Independence
"Trying to Idle": Work and Disability in The Diary of Alice James
Redefinitions and Resistance
A Pupil and a Patient: Hospital-Schools in Progressive America
Cold Charity: Manhood, Brotherhood, and the Transformation of Disability, 1870-1900
The Outlook of The Problem and the Problem with the Outlook: Two Advocacy Journals Reinvent Blind People in Turn-of-the-Century America
Reading between the Signs: Defending Deaf Culture in Early Twentieth-Century America
Medicine, Bureaucracy, and Social Welfare: The Politics of Disability Compensation for American Veterans of World War I
Helen Keller and the Politics of Civic Fitness
Images and Identities
Martyred Mothers and Merciful Fathers: Exploring Disability and Motherhood in the Lives of Jerome Greenfield and Raymond Repouille
Blind and Enlightened: The Contested Origins of the Egalitarian Politics of the Blinded Veterans Association
Seeing the Disabled: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography
American Disability Policy in the Twentieth Century
Contributors
Index

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