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 of... more...