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HISTORY eNEWS for October 19, 2023

Published on Thu, 10/19/2023

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 8 for October 19, 2023

In this Issue


Announcing a New Online Exhibit: 

How Civil War Veterans Transformed Disability


William H. Carney wearing his Medal of Honor. Carney was disabled June 18, 1863 at the Battle of Fort Wagner. Photo by Headley and Reed, New Bedford. (c1900). Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Announcing a New Online Exhibit on Impacts of the Civil War on Disability.


Events @ Emerging America - Info & Registration.

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Presentations and Recordings from Emerging America

Upcoming Presentations

Mark your calendar:

  • Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Conference
    • October 22 & 23 - Hyannis. English Learner Collaborations: The Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources grant to the MCSS (poster presentation) 
  • New Jersey Council for the Social Studies Conference
    • October 23 - New Brunswick. Strategies and Tools to Integrate Disability into History, Civics, Government, and Human Rights. Register for NJCSS conference
  • National Council for the Social Studies - Nashville - December 1-3, 2023.
    • Info on the NCSS 2023 NCHE Conference
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America will present on the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
    • Alison Noyes, English Learner Collaborations/MCSS will present on 'What Do ESL Teachers Wish You Knew' 
  • Empowering Students with Disability History: A Workshop for Special Education Professionals
    • January 30, 2024, 4:30-05:30pm (Eastern Time) 
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America and Ross Newton, HEC Academy 
    • This FREE workshop will support increased attention to disability across the K-12 academic curriculum, by providing basic historical knowledge, free curriculum materials, and strategies for collaboration with elementary teachers and Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers across grades.
    • Register here

See complete list with Past Recordings from Emerging America's short webinars



    News from the Library of Congress

    What's New?

    TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this issue - (log in to see Discussions):

    You may link directly to these resources -  no log-in required. 

    Library of Congress Teacher Blog

    • Five Questions with Tyrone Bey, 2023-24 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence
    • The Great Migration: A New Primary Source Set for Teachers from the Library of Congress
    • Five Questions with Kelsey Beeghly, the 2023-2024 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress
    • The Library’s Online Research Center and Reading Room Pages: A New Look for Powerful Portals
    • Oppenheimer in the News: Newspaper Articles from the 1940s and 50s
    • Audio-Visual Resources for Educators
    • Using Primary Sources to Reveal What’s Missing from the Story
    • Skim-Swim-Dive: Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress


    Disability History Resources & Updates

    White House Conference on Handicapped. President Jimmy Carter, Jack F. Smith, & Dr. Henry Viscardi. (1977). Photograph by Marion S. Trikosko. Library of Congress.

    From Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum, Grades 4-5.  


    Other Events

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


    Other Resources


    New Blog Post: Announcing a New Online Exhibit on Impacts of the Civil War on Disability

    By Rich Cairn, Emerging America

    Through pictures, documents, maps, and their own words in letters, speeches, and books, explore the rich experiences of disabled veterans and examine the massive system of institutions that arose to serve them following the Civil War. Reflect also on the stories of nurses who made their own sacrifices to serve wounded soldiers. The exhibit employs nearly 100 primary sources, featuring the collections of the Library of Congress. 

    The exhibit is fully supported by the inclusive Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. 

    Continued… Link to the new blog post.

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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.