Friday, April 16, 2010

RESOURCE: Veterans Affairs Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

Veterans Affairs Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

After the devastating aftermath of the Civil War, the United States government decided to create a number of homes for disabled Union veterans. Eventually, eleven homes would be built, and they were eventually incorporated into the Veterans Bureau in 1930. This most welcome Shared Heritage Travel itinerary offered by the National Park Service creates a roadmap for visitors who wish to learn about this rather compelling aspect of American history. The site contains nine separate sections, including "Essays", "List of Sites", and "Maps". The three essays cover the history of the National Homes and daily life at the homes throughout the 19th century. Moving on, the "List of Sites" area contains links to additional information about the various homes, which are in places like Dayton, Milwaukee, and Togus, Maine. Overall, this is a great way to learn about a forgotten aspect of the country's history, and it might just inspire a future road trip.

Friday, April 2, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT: Current Journal Articles on Disability History

Introduction: About once a month (supply allowing), we post a listing of recently published historical articles about disability (somewhat broadly defined). These articles are usually found on the "current periodicals" shelves at a university library, from the most recent two calendar years (right now, 2009-2010). Some of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. We also include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations. Contributions are always welcomed offlist and are compiled into subsequent postings by the editor.

The usual caveats:

1) your definitions of history and disability may exclude some of these articles, and include others;

2) listing here does not necessarily constitute a recommendation of the articles involved; and

3) only English-language tables of contents or abstracts are usually culled (but works in other languages are welcome from contributors).


Berberi, Tammy.  "A Rhapsodist at Mid-Century:  Refiguring Disability in the Poetry of Tristan Corbiere," _Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies_ 3(1)(2009):  51-66.

Bondevik, Hilde.  "Who's Afraid of Amalie Skram?  Hysteria and Rebellion in Amalie Skram's Novels of Mental Hospitals," in Knut Stene-Johansen and Frederik Tygstrup, eds., _Illness in Context_ (Rodopi,   2010).

Garton, Stephen.  "Criminal Propensities:  Psychiatry, Classification, and Imprisonment in New York State, 1916-1940," _Social History of Medicine_ 23(1)(April 2010): 79-97.

Hasson, Ezra.  "Capacity to Marry:  Law, Medicine, and Conceptions of Insanity," _Social History of Medicine_ 23(1)(April 2010): 1-20.

Hirshbein, Laura D.  "Gender, Age, and Diagnosis:  The Rise and Fall of Involutional Melancholia in American Psychiatry, 1900-1980," _Bulletin of the History of Medicine_ 83(Winter 2009): 710-745.

Kashani-Sabet, Firoozeh.  "The Haves and the Have Nots:  A Historical Study of Disability in Modern Iran," _Iranian Studies_ 43(2)(2010): 167-195.

Kinder, John M.  "Iconography of Injury:  Encountering the Wounded Soldier's Body in American Poster Art and Photography of World War I," in Pearl James, ed., _Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual   Culture_ (University of Nebraska Press 2009).

Newman, Etan.  "For Whose Benefit?  Social Control and theConstruction of Providence's Dexter Asylum," _Historian_ 72(1)(2010): 96-121.

Thalassis, Nafsika.  "Useless Soldiers:  The Dilemma of Discharging Mentally Unfit Soldiers during the First World War," _Social History of Medicine_ 23(1)(April 2010): 98-115.


Franck Collard and Evelyne Samama, _Handicaps et sociétés dans l'histoire:  L'estropié, l'aveugle et le paralytique de l'Antiquité aux temps modernes_ [Disabilities and Societies in History:  The Lame, the Blind, and the Paralytic from Antiquity to Modern Times] (Paris: L'Harmattan 2010).


Janet Duros McClearen (MA, University of Nebraska at Omaha 2009): "Father A. J. Andeweg, Hussein M. Ismail, and the Development of Deaf Education in Lebanon"
Advisor:  Moshe Gershovich


Claire D. Clark and Howard I. Kushner reviewed Alice Wexler, _The Woman Who Walked into the Sea:  Huntington's and the Making of Genetic Disease_ (Yale University Press 2008), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 65(2)(2010):  284-286.

Gregory Michael Dorr reviewed Rebecca M. Kluchin, _Fit to be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980_ (Rutgers University Press 2009), in _Social History of Medicine_ 23(1)(2010):  

Elizabeth Toon reviewed Emily K. Abel and Saskia K. Subramanian, _After the Cure:  The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors_ (New York University Press 2008), in _Social History of Medicine_ 23(1)
(2010):  187-188.

John Parascandola reviewed Gayle Davis, _"The Cruel Madness of Love": Sex, Syphilis, and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930_ (Rodopi 2008) in _Social History of Medicine_ 23(1)(2010):  204-205.

Claudia Stein reviewed Stuart Clark, _Vanities of the Eye:  Vision in Early Modern European Culture_ (Cambridge University Press 2007), in _History Workshop Journal_ 69(1)(2010):  245-253.

Elizabeth Malcolm, "Psychiatry in Colonial Australia:  Mad Women and Their Attendants in Victoria's Asylums, 1848-1888," _History of Psychiatry_ 21(2010):  96-101, reviews Catherine Coleborne, _Reading 'Madness':  Gender and Difference in the Colonial Asylum in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1888_ (API Network Perth 2007), and Lee-Ann Monk, _Attending Madness:  At Work in the Australian Colonial Asylum_ (Rodopi 2008).

Akihito Suzuki reviewed Leonard Smith, _Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750-1830_ (Routledge 2007) in _History of Psychiatry_ 21(2010):  104-106.

Trevor Turner reviewed David Healy, _Mania:  A Short History of Bipolar Disorder_ (Johns Hopkins University Press 2008), in _History of Psychiatry_ 21(2010):  106-108.

Contributions received this month from:  Susan Koppelman, Jon Erlen, Dan Wilson, Kristina Richardson

compiled by
Penny L. Richards PhD
Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability