MHS: Dis-Union: Disability and the U.S. Civil War


Monday, June 25, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Jean Franzino, Beloit College

This talk will examine the emerging legal category of the “disabled” American at the end of the nineteenth century in relation to the construction of disability in Civil War literature, broadly conceived. In texts ranging from hospital newspaper poetry to mendicant narratives sold for veterans’ financial support, representations of Civil War injury engaged shifting understandings of disability: from individual condition to evolving social class.