Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America

This exhibit brings together materials from the Clements Library at the University of Michigan that illuminate the history of disability in the nineteenth-century United States. Most of these artifacts are representative of a type or genre of items held at the Clements, allowing  a degree of generalizability. A large number are extremely rare and some, like a manuscript by a man experiencing hallucinations or what he called “imaginations,” are entirely unique.


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