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"My focus in this chapter is on the origin of the back ward rather than its demise. Where did the “back wards” that [Burton] Blatt and [Senator Robert] Kennedy witnessed come from in the first place? What 3 exactly were those “antecedents of the problems observed” that Blatt cited? This chapter reviews that history and argues that, in fact, there is a specific narrative to the evolution of the institutional “back ward” as an identifiable place where people with the most significant intellectual disabilities were to be incarcerated and largely forgotten."
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Ferguson, P. M. (2014). Creating the back ward: The triumph of custodialism and the uses of therapeutic failure in 19th century idiot asylums. In Ben-Moshe, L., Carey, A., & Chapman, C. (Eds.), Disability incarcerated: Imprisonment and disability in the United States and Canada (pp. 45-62). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.