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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Controversial issues leading to important legislation by the U.S. Congress reflect conflicts, personalities, and ideologies of their times. Cavendish's "Landmark Legislation" series explores for teen readers the plots, characters, and outcomes of these national dramas. The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) ensured civil rights for a group of Americans long neglected. Gold begins with a history of society's shameful treatment of people with disabilities. Still, some heroes for the disabled emerged; Helen Keller and Franklin Roosevelt, for example, became well-known and admired. Inspired by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with disabilities finally began their battle for equal treatment under law. An act of 1973 proved somewhat disappointing; unfortunately, conservative President Ronald Reagan was not a supporter, favoring business interests who opposed spending money to make their workplaces accessible to the handicapped. Year after year saw mixed results in court challenges, protests in the streets, hearings, and pressure on Congress. Gold highlights the careers of some of the fighters who never gave up the struggle: Kathryn McInnis of Maine, flamboyant Justin Dart, Jr. (Walgreen heir), and Evan Kemp, who was important in stopping Reagan's administration from weakening existing laws. The story of Congressional action towards a comprehensive bill of civil rights for the disabled is very complex, beginning in 1988 and lasting two years as advocates fought to get the bill through the House and Senate, constantly opposed by conservative Republicans and industry. (Teen readers may find this section repetitive and somewhat tedious.) Passage of the bill brought exultation to its supporters who could now fully participate in American society. Gold points out, however, that the fight goes on, as disabled Americans must constantly act to protect their hard-won rights. A substantial list of young adult books and websites will be helpful for readers who want to know more. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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  • ISBN-13: 9781608700394
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Landmark Legislation Series
  • Pages: 143
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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