Thursday, February 11, 2016

E.T. Kingsley Historical Archive

For those interested in disability history, particularly those interested in efforts by scholars, historians, and activists to uncover "hidden" histories of disability, the launch of the E.T. Kingsley Historical Archive is exciting. 

In this unique digital archive (and the forthcoming book under contract with UBC press) Dr. Ravi Malhotra and Dr. Benjamin Isitt explore the life and career of American-Canadian Eugene T. Kingsley. 

What many do not know is that Eugene T. Kingsley, who was a central leader of the Socialist Party of Canada, was also a double amputee. This now visible aspect of his life illustrates important intersections between class, disability and socialism in the Pacific Northwest. This online historical archive provides a rich and accessible glimpse into aspects of his life which until now were almost entirely absent from the historical record.