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Toward a History of Ableness for All of Us, the DHA blog

A black and white photo of three white women holding trophies, standing next to x-ray images of their supposed perfect spines.
Winners of an annual ACA contest, Marianne Baba, Lois Conway and Ruth Swensen, circa 1956.
Kirkland/Time Archives, public domain.

"Toward a History of Ableness," for All of Us, the Disability History Association's blog. In this piece, I attend to the notions and expectations of ableness in order to denaturalize both normativity and disability, a move that is similar to what scrutiny of whiteness brought to race studies three decades ago.