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Robert Gould, Tamar Heller & Sarah Parker Harris

In: Disability Through the Life Course

Chapter 3: Chronology of Critical Events

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Chronology of Critical Events
Chronology of critical events
Sarah ParkerHarris

Sir Francis Galton, half first cousin of Charles Darwin, defines the term eugenics (which he first coined in 1883) in a paper he presents to the Sociological Society on May 16. He argues for planned breeding and discourages people of “sub-normal” and “feebleminded” stock from reproducing.


Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon publish the first intelligence scale in France. The scale is used in both France and the United States to place children into special and segregated schools.


The U.S. Congress passes a joint resolution authorizing creation of a federal commission to investigate the establishment of a system of worker's compensation. The commission focuses on the liability of employers to provide financial compensation to workers who become disabled on ...

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