Tag Archives: Disability

1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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1550: Le Petit Lorrain

Ambroise Paré’s designed this mechanical hand—which he named “Le Petit Lorrain” — in the 1550’s for a French Army captain. The thumb is stationary, but a mechanical lever operates the other fingers.  This illustration is taken from a 1663 edition … Continue reading

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1965: Freedom Highway

Spider Martin: Jim Letherer on the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Letherer was a civil rights activist from Saginaw, Michigan. He lost a leg to bone cancer as a boy, and it was his own experience growing … Continue reading

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1918: Gassed

John Singer Sargent: Gassed (1919) (source)

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1920: Helen Keller Holding a Magnolia

When Helen Keller announced that she had become a socialist, “newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before…now called attention to her disabilities.” The editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, for example, opined that her “mistakes sprung out of … Continue reading

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