The first significant book on the history and impact of the ADA-the "eyes on the prize" moment for disability rights
Product Code: 6493
ISBN: 9780807059296
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 06/07/2016
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the widest-ranging piece of civil rights legislation ever passed in the history of the United States, and it has become the model for most civil rights laws around the world. The untold story behind the act is anything but a dry account of bills and speeches, however. Rather, it's a fascinating story of how a group of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill.

In this riveting account, acclaimed disability scholar Lennard J. Davis tells the behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground story of a too-often ignored or forgotten civil rights fight, while illustrating the successes and shortcomings of the ADA in areas ranging from employment, education, and transportation to shifting social attitudes. Published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA, this book promises to powerfully ignite readers in a discussion of disability rights in America.


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Author's Note
Prologue: July 28, 1989

ONE
Forty-Six Words That Changed History
TWO
DC Outsiders Turn Washington Insiders
THREE
The Texas Connection
FOUR
Let Right Be Done
FIVE
Banging the Drum Loudly
SIX
Flat Earth, Deaf World
SEVEN
A New Band of Reformers
EIGHT
A New Day, a New ADA
NINE
White House Battles Senate
TEN
Secret Meetings and Bagel Breakfasts
ELEVEN
"This Means War!"
TWELVE
Building the Access Ramp to the House of Representatives
THIRTEEN
The Capitol Crawl
FOURTEEN
On the White House Lawn
FIFTEEN
Enabling the ADA
Acknowledgments
Cast of Characters
Bibliographical Note
Notes
Index

"Lennard Davis's book offers a historic glimpse into the creation of the ADA-legislation that has positively affected the lives of countless Americans living with physical and mental challenges. To adequately understand and celebrate this landmark legislation, Enabling Acts is a must-read." -Senator Bob Dole

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