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Perspectives on Identity and Identification: Highlights from IU's 2022 Themester

Guide spotlighting materials from participating Themester courses. See the companion exhibit in the Wells Library lobby after October 19, 2022.

Disability in the United States

HIST-A 398 | Professor Benjamin H. Irvin


Disability is a universal condition with connections to a variety of institutions, eras, and events in United States history. The materials on this page highlight phenomena that have defined the history of disability in North America, such as the emergence of a disability rights movement, the birth of the asylum, and the rise and fall of eugenic science. Recurring themes include the relationship between disability and race, class, and gender identity, as well as the intersections between disability and ability throughout U.S. history.

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