1) Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States, pp. 40-65 and 75-77 (ch. 3, section on”Indigenous Nations and Communal Response” through ch. 4, section on “Race and (In)competent Citizenship,” plus ch. 4, section on “Citizenry and the New Nation”)
2) Dea H. Boster, “An ‘Epeleptick’ Bondswoman: Fits, Slavery, and Power in the Antebellum South,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 83, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 271-301 (Blackboard)
3) Excerpts from Simon P. Newman, Embodied History: The Lives of the Poor in Early Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), pp. 111-113 and Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, The Many Headed-Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Beacon Press, 2000), pp. 160, 163-164 (Blackboard)
Please respond to one of the following questions:
1) These readings provide different perspectives on the lives of people with disabilities in early America. Pick one of the following characteristics—race, class, occupation, sex, region, or type of impairment or disability—and use at least two (preferably all three) readings to discuss how those characteristics shaped the lives of people with disabilities in early America.
2) Alternatively, you can summarize in several sentences (or possibly a short paragraph each) your “muddiest points” in at least two (preferably all three) readings.