Uncovering a History of Poverty and Disabilities in Northwest Georgia, 1828-Today
The history of NW Georgia's poor and disabled communities from the mid 1800's to modern day reflects the political, economic, scientific, and social/cultural changes of the country, with aspects unique to this area of Bartow County Georgia. Through the history of the Hickory Log Home for men with Developmental Disabilities in White, Georgia, researchers can uncover important clues about how government institutions and private organizations defined poverty and disability and developed programs that typically isolated them from the rest of society. From the first local poor relief programs developed in the antebellum period through the historic passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, society has routinely ostracized the poor and disabled. By examining how northwest Georgians have treated the poor and disabled over time, we can better understand existing prejudices and deficient public policies that continue to negatively impact these vulnerable communities.
Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm