1) Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States, pp. xi-xxiii and 1-40 (introduction, ch. 1-3, and part of ch. 4).
Then, please answer one of the questions below:
1) Nielsen presents two major frameworks for understanding disability and dealing with disabled people in early America (religion/science and the poor law). Do you think these views are still present today? Why or why not?
2) What were your “muddiest points” in Nielsen and or the poor laws? That is, what points did you find most confusing in these readings and why?