Chapter three examines the economic anxieties consequent upon the spread of a market economy and rapid industrialization, and their effects on how Americans understood the relative values of independence and dependence in relation to disability. In a context of economic insecurity and competition, the ideal of independence became ever more powerful, and disabled persons were increasingly described as dependent and burdensome. What had been primarily a family and community issue earlier in the century, in the new economy became a social problem to be addressed at the level of the state and the nation. The presumption of dependency informed the crafting of policy by lawmakers and its enforcement by immigration officials.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.