Like race and gender, disability has recently become a critical field of study in examining our nation's heritage. Sparked by the disability rights movement of the late 20th century, disability history both expands and challenges the traditional American narrative of self reliance, individualism, and opportunity and yields new understandings of such bedrock values as community, family, and citizenship. From the asylum movement of the 19th century and the cover up of Franklin Roosevelt's paralysis during his presidency to the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and amendment of 2008) and the impact of every war on veterans' physical and mental health. By examining the issues, events, people, activism, laws, personal experiences, and social ramifications of disability throughout American history, this comprehensive three volume reference provides a new and broader, more inclusive approach to our nation's past. More than 350 historians, scholars, and experts contributed to the 750 plus articles in this impressive work. Arranged alphabetically, each signed article includes cross references to related entries and suggestions for further reading.
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