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History eNews from Emerging America - September 22, 2022

Published on Thu, 09/22/2022

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 9 for September 22, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: “Why didn’t they teach me this?” Preliminary Report on the Teaching of Disability History. Link to the blog post.


"Why didn't they teach me this?"

Preliminary Report on the Teaching of Disability History

On an open road, a woman steers her motorized scooter, bullhorn on her lap, leading a pickup truck with many US flags driving behind.
4th of July parade 1990, Pueblo, Colorado. Woman in wheelchair with flag and bullhorn.
4th of July parade 1990, Pueblo, Colorado. Woman in wheelchair with flag and bullhorn. Library of Congress image



EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact

  • Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum orientation 

    • September 28, 2022 - 4-5pm Eastern time.

      • Orientation to the curriculum with author, Rich Cairn. Sign up for orientation. No cost. 
      • Register for the orientation. (Note the new link.) 
      • You may choose to pilot a unit, and earn PDPs or documentation of participation by completing written feedback. 



See complete list of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.

[ALT] See list of accessible recordings of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.


  • National Council for the Social Studies Conference - December 2-4, 2022 - Philadelphia - Mark your calendars! - Info on NCSS Conference. Stay updated on Emerging America offerings at the conference
    • How to Integrate Disability History into the Curriculum: We Can and We Must - Rich Cairn
      • December 2 - 10:05-10:35am 
    • “A Rosetta Stone” to Translate History Activities with Primary Sources - Casey Cullen, Allison Audet, and Alison Noyes
      • December 2 - 3:10-3:40pm
    • "Social Studies and History Methods That Include –– and Strengthen –– English learners" - Alison Noyes
      • Saturday, December 3 - 11:30am - 12:30pm


  • RECORDING - “The Perfect Primary Source Combination” 
    • Smithsonian National Education Summit - July 28, 2022
      • Lee Ann Potter, Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and a national panel of educators, including Alison Noyes - Emerging America. 





TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Announcing the 2022 Literacy Awards Winners and Honorees 
  • Reporting the Revolution: Teaching the Black Freedom Struggle through Historic Newspapers
  • What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Summer 2022
  • Celebrating the 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Winners and Honorees: Webinars and a New Story Map
  • Nostalgia During the Civil War: A Perplexing Condition Among Soldiers
  • Education in Enslaved Communities
  • Down the Rabbit Hole





Online unless noted. “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.

  • Banned Books Week - National Council of Teachers of English. Intellectual Freedom Center
  • Now - October 15 - Center Church, South Hadley - Exhibit: Voices of Resilience: Celebrating lives of women and women of color. Info on Resilience exhibit
  • September 28 & 29 - 3:30-5pm Eastern. Teacher-led workshops on High School Civics Projects. Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Info on civics workshops.
  • September 19 7pm Eastern - virtual - UMass Amherst Department of History: U.S. Policy in the Global South - Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Vincent Bevins, and Amy Goodman. Recording of Rigoberta Menchu panel
  • September 29 - November 9 - The Mao Era in Chinese History - free seminar from Program for Teaching East Asia. Info on Mao course
  • September 23 - in person - New Bedford, Mass - Sailing to Freedom - Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad - Essex Museum. Info on Essex
  • September 24, 11am-4pm Eastern - Equity Summit - National Council for History Education. Info on Equity Summit
  • September 29 - 7:30 Eastern - Civics and 21st-Century Democracy - Danielle Allen & Peter Levine - Facing History and Ourselves. Info on civics panel
  • October 1 - Oklahoma Council for History Education virtual conference. Info on Oklahoma conf
  • October 3, 6pm Eastern - hybrid - UMass Amherst - The Imperialist Roots of the U.S.A. Info on UMass imperialism talk
  • October 3 through spring - Understanding the Fundamental Principles, Values, and Institutions of American Government - Mass Center for Civic Education & Framingham State University. Info on civics course
  • October 13 - podcast - Atomic Gambit: The Cuban Missile Crisis 60 Years Later - JFK Library. Info on JFK podcast
  • October 14-16 - in person - Minneapolis - National Council for Geographic Education conference. Info on geography conf
  • October 23-24 - Hyannis, Mass - in person - Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Conference. Info on MCSS conf
  • October 27 - 7pm Eastern - in person - Framingham State University, Mass. - Premiere: Legacy of Courage: Black Changemakers in Massachusetts Past, Present, Future. Primary Source. Info on film premiere
  • October 28-29 - in person - Atlanta, Georgia - Info on Learning for Justice conference
  • November 10-13 - Los Angeles - National Humanities Alliance Conference.



Why didn't they teach me this? Preliminary Report on the Teaching of Disability History

By Rich Cairn


…More than 85% teach zero or a bare minimum of focused disability history…

Topics taught in 2021-2022 included: disabled veterans (50%), understanding the lives and experiences of disabled people (46%), the founding of schools and asylums for people with disabilities (42%), biographies of people with disabilities (42%), advocacy for Disability Rights (42%), education of learners with disabilities (42%), definitions of disability (35%), eugenics (35%), medical treatment and/or technological support for people with disabilities (35%), laws and policies on disability (31%), leaders for Disability Rights (19%), exposés of abuse in institutions (12%), treatment of people with disabilities during the Holocaust (4%), and “all of these in context of Deaf history” (4%)... 

…Teachers identified the resources that would best help them to expand or improve their teaching of disability history as: lesson plans (80%), primary sources on disability history (74%), a short orientation to disability history (53%), professional development on developing inclusive history lessons (50%), workshops and/or courses on topics of disability history (47%), professional development on methods for making history education inclusive (32%), and small grants to pay for time to research and develop curriculum on disability history (32%). One person added that state standards requiring the teaching of disability history would be most helpful; note that Massachusetts, California, and a few other states already require varying degrees of such content…

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Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.