Able to Lead

Disablement, Radicalism, and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley

Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt

Able to Lead

Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Edited by Benjamin Isitt
320 pages | 27 halftones, 1 map | 6 x 9
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780774865777 Will Publish December 2021 For sale in USA only
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780774865760 Published June 2021 For sale in USA only

A life of socialist activist Eugene Kingsley, now in paperback.

After an accident made him both a double amputee and a political radical, Eugene T. Kingsley dedicated his life to socialist reform. Able to Lead retraces the radical’s inspiring political journey from San Francisco soapboxes to prominence in Canadian politics. In organizing the Socialist Party of Canada, Kingsley shaped a generation of leftists during a time when the country’s laws prohibited immigration by people with disabilities. This book explores the life and work of this fascinating thinker, who left a rich inheritance to the modern left.
 

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Geoffrey Reaume, York University
Able to Lead restores E.T. Kingsley as a major figure among radical labour activists—all the more notable given his visible disability, which was not common among prominent political activists of his time. A welcome addition to disability history.
James Naylor, Brandon University
Malhotra and Isitt argue that Kingsley was a—perhaps the—central figure in Canadian socialism before the First World War. This is an informed and nuanced history of disability and legal history.
James Muir, University of Alberta
Able to Lead is a striking and essential retrieval of a life previously untold. As a disabled, working class radical, Kinglsey's story is a novel addition to North American biographies.
 
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