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Ownership of Persons with Disabilities in the United States

A person’s two raised fisted hands in handcuffs
Photo by Niu Niu on Unsplash

How? Guardianship.

In the mid 19th century, the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution abolished slavery. Child labor was legal until the late 1930s. The 1960s ended the accepted practice of women sharing their husband’s or father’s identity. And today — in the United States, guardians constructively own their “wards” — people declared…

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Paola Rossetti

Paola Rossetti

Health and disability law attorney and advocate. Likes to read about mystery medical diagnoses. Excited to restart personal writing after a law school hiatus!

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