My Beautiful Wickedness


Disability History at the American Historical Association
December 28, 2007, 2:49 pm
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Penny has made a lovely compendium of panels, papers, and poster (hey, I know that guy!) on disability history. I am specifically asking folks who are going to be at the AHA to drop by the poster sessions — now that I have seen up-close what an enormous pain in the ass these museum exhibits are to think through and assemble, I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t been more involved in recognizing this type of scholarship. And besides, I’ve seen John’s poster and it’s pretty spiffy.

My own paper is more about race as a civic disability, I guess — there is work to be done on disability and incarcerated populations in the Early Republic, as Simon Newman and others have pointed out, but I need to wrap up one book before I start another. But really, I am a misery hound and you just don’t get much more miserable than the intersection between slavery and convict labor gangs in the Early Republic…

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It was fun to compile–and I do hope it helps folks find the interesting disability history panels and presentations, at a huge conference.

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