1) Stephen Mihm, “‘A Limb Which Shall Be Presentable in Polite Society’: Prosthetic Technologies in the Nineteenth Century,” in Artificial Parts, Practical Lives, pp. 282-299 (Blackboard)
2) Robert M. Buchanan, Illusions of Equality: Deaf Americans in School and Factory, 1850-1950 (Gallaudet University Press, 1999), ch. 5 (pp. 69-84) (Blackboard)
3) In The New Disability History: Natalie A. Dykstra, “‘Trying to Idle’: Work and Disability in The Diary of Alice James,” pp. 107-132
Answer one of the following questions;
1) Drawing on at least two of the readings, discuss what it was like to be a worker with a disability in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
2) Alternatively, you can summarize in several sentences (or possibly a short paragraph each) your “muddiest point(s)” in at least two articles or a single point that draws on at least two articles.