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No Right to Be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s-1930s

Sarah F. Rose


During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Americans with all sorts of disabilities came to be labeled as “unproductive citizens.” Before that, disabled people had contributed as they were able in homes, on farms, and in the wage labor market, reflecting the fact that Americans had long viewed productivity as a spectrum that varied by age, gender, and ability. But as Sarah F. Rose explains in No Right to Be Idle, a perfect storm ofpublic policies, shifting family structures, and economic changes effectively barred workers with disabilities from mainstream workplaces and simultan ... More

Keywords: disability, labor relations, social issues, public policy, welfare, social services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624891
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah F. Rose, author
University of Texas at Arlington