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The New Disability History


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1 Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History 33 2"Speech Has an Extraordinary Humanizing Power": Horace Mann and the Problem of Nineteenth-Century American Deaf Education 58 3"This Unnatural and Fratricidal Strife": A Family's Negotiation of the Civil War, Deafness, and Independence 83 4"Trying to Idle": Work and Disability in The Diary of Alice James 107 5A Pupil and a Patient: Hospital-Schools in Progressive America 133 6Cold Charity: Manhood, Brotherhood, and the Transformation of Disability, 1870-1900 157 7The Outlook of The Problem and the Problem with the Outlook: Two Advocacy Journals Reinvent Blind People in Turn-of-the-Century America 187 8Reading between the Signs: Defending Deaf Culture in Early Twentieth-Century America 214 9Medicine, Bureaucracy, and Social Welfare: The Politics of Disability Compensation for American Veterans of World War I 236 10Helen Keller and the Politics of Civic Fitness 268 11Martyred Mothers and Merciful Fathers: Exploring Disability and Motherhood in the Lives of Jerome Greenfield and Raymond Repouille 293

About the Author

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.


"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 Perspectives is 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

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