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Disability Histories of Pennsylvania


From the adaptations of colonial Americans to the better-known disability rights movement of the late twentieth century, Pennsylvania has played a seminal role in the history of disabilities. This issue of Legacies explores some of the key moments in this history, including the material culture of disability, the discourse of eugenics, institutionalization and deinstitutionalization, and workplace rights. Teachers can also find related lesson plans here.


Front Matter

Recognizing Our Supporters

Note from the Editor: Abling and Disabling in Pennsylvania History
by Rachel Moloshok

Window on the Collections: Teaching "the talent of blindness"
by Rachel Moloshok

"Confined to Crutches": James Logan and the Material Culture of Disability in Early America
by Nicole Belolan

"Detect early; Protect always": Philadelphia's Physicians and the Gospel of Eugenics
by Dennis B. Downey

Mildred Scott: A Pennsylvania Woman at the Heart of the Early Disability Rights Movement
by Audra Jennings

Threshold of Liberation: The Little-Known History of Deinstitutionalization of Americans with Developmental Disabilities in the Late 20th Century
by James W. Conroy

Teachers' Turn: The History of Disability in the United States
by Jessica Tyson

Generations: Researching Institutionalized Ancestors
by Kathleen Brandt

Legacies for Kids
by Christopher A. Brown

Book and Website Reviews
by Benjamin Goldman, Brendon Floyd, and Rachel Moloshok

Food for Thought: A Self-Advocate's Journey
by Jean Searle, with Mark Friedman

Back Matter