It is with great pleasure that the Disability History Association announces that Paul Longmore, the father of our field, has received Honorable Mention for the 2016 Publication Award.
Thanks to Cathy Kudlick and a dedicated group of disability scholars for working on bringing this book to publication and for making sure that Paul’s legacy, scholarship and impact upon our field and its genesis, lives on. Book cover of Paul Longmore's book "Telethons"
About Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), the prize committee remarked:
“[Telethons is a] superb study and a model of how to write disability history. Longmore’s book will surely be consulted by disability scholars and historians for years to come. Engagingly written and full of profound insights into a wide range of issues, it compellingly demonstrates the significance of disability to modern American culture.”
“… in-depth look at a common cultural phenomenon in America, impressive research and consideration of different factors (gender/social class, etc.), well-written and cited… [Longmore makes an] important intervention into the links between politics, the media, and private interests in constructing and presenting disability in modern U.S. discourse.”
Congratulations and deep felt gratitude to Paul for his monumental contributions to our field.