1) Freeberg, The Education of Laura Bridgman, introduction and ch. 1-2 (pp. 1-48)
2) Excerpt from Dorothea Dix, Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts, January 1, 1843 (Blackboard)
3) Samuel Gridley Howe, “A Selection from Report Made to the Legislature of Massachusetts Upon Idiocy (1848)” from Mental Retardation in America, pp. 23-26 (Blackboard)
Please answer one of the following questions:
1) Drawing on Freeberg and at least one of the primary source readings (Dix and Howe), how would you characterize the goals of asylum founders such as Samuel Gridley Howe and Dorothea Dix? How did asylum founders view of people with cognitive and psychological disabilities or those who were blind or deaf?
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.