sari altschuler Emory University cristobal silva Columbia University If a scholar of the early Americas wanted to learn more about the understudied topic of disability in the period, she might head to her desk, open her computer, and keyword search disability or disabled in a digital database like Early American Imprints, Early English Books Online, or Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Sure enough, she would find over twenty thousand combined citations, a great number of which point to legal and religious documents that use disability as a metaphor to describe individuals alienated from God or who had somehow lost their legal rights. While she would find documents that refer explicitly to physical or cognitive impairment, those citations would neither be as numerous nor as familiar as she might hope, given how many hits her initial searches produced.1 For a sense of the multiple registers in which disability circulated at the end of the eighteenth century--often in the same document--she could turn to Article 2, Section 1 (clause 6), of the US Constitution, which describes the removal of a president from office: In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Mar 18, 2017
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