1) Penny L. Richards and George H. S. Singer, “‘To Draw Out the Effort of His Mind’: Educating a Child with Mental Retardation in the Early Nineteenth-Century South,” Journal of Special Education 31, no. 4 (Winter 1998): ppp. 443-466 (Blackboard)
2) Alice R. Wexler, “Chorea and Community in a Nineteenth-Century Town,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 76, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 495-527 (Blackboard)
Please answer one of the following questions:
1) Drawing on Richards & Singer and Wexler, how did family and/or community shape the lived experience(s) and social meaning of disability in antebellum America?
2) Alternatively, you can summarize in several sentences (or possibly a short paragraph each) your “muddiest point” for both readings. Muddiest points should engage with major themes in the readings. If your muddiest point focuses on what might seem to be a minor point, explain why it is a key issue for this topic in disability history.