Our Better Angels: Stories of Disability in Life, Science, and Literature (Paperback)

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Do children and adults with disabilities enrich our lives? Far more than most people imagine.

Our Better Angels is a testament to the value of individuals with disabilities and the value that society could derive from being more welcoming to and inclusive of them. The reward is the powerful humanizing influence that they can have on others—even some of the most hardened people among us.

Colorful, real-life examples illustrate how a disability can be a valuable human attribute, a powerful source of compassion from which everyone can benefit.

What are the challenges that face us as we strive for a more inclusive society? What are the values that should guide us in our efforts? Smith approaches these questions by examining his own experience and other unique perspectives:

• Meet the children and adults with disabilities who have touched his own life
• Consider what science—and pseudoscience—has said about disability
• View disability through the lens of history and literature

The result is a compelling case for understanding and celebrating human diversity. Smith asks us to summon the "better angels" of our character and affirm our commitment to a society based on equality and democracy.

About the Author


J. David Smith is a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was previously provost and senior vice chancellor at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He earned both baccalaureate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and was awarded a second master’s degree and his doctorate from Columbia University. His professional experience includes work as a public school teacher and a counselor. One of the integrating themes of his research and writing has been a concern for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities, and he is the author of twelve previous books. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Praise For…


“We must first understand others before we can care about them, and we must care about them before we can love them. . . . J. David Smith takes us on a fascinating journey from understanding to caring to love.” —Leonard O. Pellicer, dean at University of La Verne

“We must first understand others before we can care about them, and we must care about them before we can love them. . . . J. David Smith takes us on a fascinating journey from understanding to caring to love.” —Leonard O. Pellicer, dean at University of La Verne


Product Details
ISBN: 9781634503334
ISBN-10: 1634503333
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Pages: 160
Language: English