Bibliographic Details

A Disability History of the United States / Kim E. Nielsen.

Author / Creator Nielsen, Kim E., author.
Imprint Boston, MA : Beacon Press, [2012]
copyright 2012
Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 216 pages)
Language English
Series Revisioning American history
Revisioning American history.
Subject People with disabilities -- United States -- History.
People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Sociology of disability -- United States -- History.
Informational works.
Format E-Resource, Book
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Notes Title from resource description page (viewed March 14, 2016).
Includes bilbliographical references (pages 188-209) and index.
In English.
Summary The first book to cover the entirety of disability history, from pre-1492 to the present Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place the experiences of people with disabilities at the center of the American narrative. Throughout the book, historian and disability scholar Kim E. Nielsen deftly illustrates how concepts of disability have deeply shaped the American experience-from deciding who was allowed to immigrate and establishing labor laws to 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.
Other form Original version: 9780807022023