The University of Delaware Department of History
“IN ORDER TO ACQUIRE A PROPER HABIT OF WALKING”: DISABILITY AND MATERIAL CULTURE ON THE STREET IN EARLY AMERICA
University of Delaware
Wooden legs are, perhaps, the class of objects we most commonly associate with pre-industrial disability. But where and how did eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Americans acquire artificial legs? What can the circumstances of their production and use tell us about how Americans interpreted disability? Using one New England amputee’s story as a case study, University of Delaware Department of History PhD candidate Nicole Belolan will explore what it was like to be disabled with a mobility impairment before the era of orthopedic accessory manufacturers, curb cuts, and accessible restrooms.
First and second year History graduate students are required to attend so plan to make the History Workshop a regular part of your Tuesday activities.