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Why I Burned My Book by Paul K. Longmore


Why I Burned My Book by Paul K. Longmore

Personal inclination made me a historian. Personal encounter with public policy made me an activist.


The strength of Longmore's work [is] in remembering the ongoing marginalization of millions[.] Longmore challenges and disrupts dominant ideologies of 'normality
and disability. Furthermore, he offers an alternative in writing the study of disability as social history

.... Longmore's text is a worthy read for its intellectual sensibility. -Metapsychology Online Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability is a collection of some of his best writing on both history and policy. The combination of scholarship and activism displayed in this book is exciting. -H-Net Why I Burned My Book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the history and the current issues of disability. -The Progressive Longmore's newest work provides an engaging discussion of some of the major issues and concerns within the disability community as well as a scholarly review of the major events in disability history.... The book provides an in-depth accounting of disability rights history, scholarship, activism, and advocacy. It is lively and very accessible and is an important contribution to the files of disability studies, as well as broadening and deepening our national understanding of the complexity of our history, one the author's stated goals. -The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare [A] fine introduction to the contemporary study of disability. -Reviews in American History Longmore offers poignant observations about images of disability in American culture....A major strength of Longmore's essays is calling our attention to historical antecedents, so that current disability issues can be put in the context of developments in society and technology. -New Political Science Paul Longmore is simply the best historian now writing about disabilities. This volume collects a series of major essays that have shaped the academic and public discourse about disabilities inside of and beyond the university. From the unwritten history of disabled people to questions of assisted suicide, and the public face of disability culture, Longmore writes intelligently, compassionately, and readably. Read these essays and learn! -Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and of Medicine, The University of Illinois-Chicago Paul Longmore's sharp and cogent criticism has always sought and found the soul of the disability rights movement. But these essays go far beyond activism and constitute a cultural document for a people adrift. Longmore's refreshing views represent an intellectual Ellis Island for people with disabilities, hampered by bureaucracy, myth and sentiment, trying to find a place in America. His stories are as important to this nation's sense of self as the Mayflower's landing at Plymouth Rock. -John Hockenberry, author of A River Out Of Eden and Moving Violations

About the Author

Paul K. Longmore is Professor of History at San Francisco State University. He is the author of The Invention of George Washington and the co-editor (with Lauri Umansky) of The New Disability History: American Perspectives.

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Publication date

1st April 2003


Paul K. Longmore

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Temple University Press,U.S.


296 pages


Disability: social aspects



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