A Disability History of the United States, Revised and Updated Edition (REVISIONING HISTORY) (Paperback)

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The first book to place the experiences of people with disabilities at the center of American history, now updated to include material addressing neurodiversity and the impact of the ADA's legacy

As historian and prominent disability scholar Kim E. Nielsen argues, to understand disability history isn't to narrowly focus on a series of individual triumphs but rather to examine mass movements and pivotal daily events through the lens of varied experiences. A Disability History of the United States it is a radical repositioning of US history. By centering people with disabilities, the book casts new light on familiar stories, such as slavery and immigration, while breaking ground about the ties between nativism and oralism in the late nineteenth century and the role of ableism in the development of democracy.

Using primary source documents and social histories, Nielsen deftly illustrates how concepts of disability have deeply shaped the American experience--from deciding who was allowed to immigrate to establishing labor laws and justifying slavery and gender discrimination. Included are absorbing--at times horrific--narratives of blinded slaves being thrown overboard and women being involuntarily sterilized, as well as triumphant accounts of disabled miners organizing strikes and disability rights activists picketing Washington.

Engrossing and profound, A Disability History of the United States fundamentally reinterprets how we view our nation's past: from a stifling master narrative to a shared history that encompasses us all.

About the Author

The author of three books, including two on Helen Keller and one on Anne Sullivan Macy, Kim E. Nielsen is professor of disability studies at the University of Toledo and was founding president of the Disability History Association.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807071540
ISBN-10: 0807071544
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2080