History 397F University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Paper #2 Assignment
For this assignment, you will be asked to write a brief (4-5 page) essay on one of the Options described below. Your paper must have a signed cover sheet (available at http://people.umass.edu/llovett/cover.html).
Please review the paper Writing Guidelines for this course before you begin to research or write. (Available at http://people.umass.edu/llovett/writing.html.)
Option A: DUE In Class Tuesday October 18, 2005
Below are a selection of documents all proposing solutions to various
disability related problems. They are selected from a broad chronological
period and reflect the language and sensibility of their day.
All of the writers of these documents describe ways of resolving
problems concerning disability in some way. Using the documents below describe how some aspect of disability was represented as problematic. How and why did these perspectives on disability shift from 1899 to 1966?
In your essay you may want to consider the following:
How do these documents use disability as a category? Is there a relationship between a 'crippled child' and someone with 'mental
retardation', for example?
What is the context for each document? Why are the authorŐs addressing disability?
Option B: : DUE In Class Tuesday October 25, 2005
Approaching this paper as an editor who is developing an anthology, or,
as a curator who is developing a museum exhibition. You have a limited space to tell a compelling story with original sources.
Select two documents from the listed group below. Identify a historical theme relevant to these documents. Your task in this Option is to develop a historical narrative by finding five additional primary sources and discussing how they allow you to build a thematic interpretation.
For each of the five additional sources you choose, you will need to describe the content and context of that source and how it allows you to develop your chosen theme. The primary sources you choose may be documents, illustrations, photographs, or films. The Disability History Museum has a rich collection for you to explore.
(Print using the Printer Friendly link in the DHM.)
http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/lib/docs/2026.htm?page=print Relation of
Philanthropy To Social Order And Progress
http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/lib/docs/579.htm?page=print: Hopes and Aims of "Daddy Allen"
http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/lib/docs/2148.htm An Address On Rehab
http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/lib/docs/1591.htm The Roots Of Social Security
http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/lib/docs/1465.htm?page=print Report On A Study Of Rehabilitation
http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/lib/docs/1722.htm Are We Retarding The