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History eNews from Emerging America - March 16, 2023

Published on Thu, 03/16/2023

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 3 for March 16, 2023



K-12 Disability History Curriculum 

Reform to Equal Rights is open!

  • Free - 23 inclusive, inquiry-based lessons in 7 units.
  • 200+ primary sources feature Library of Congress & other public sources.


President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo from White House archives. 

A transformative moment in human history. President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reform to Equal Rights begins the story in 1776. What questions can students ask and answer about disability and struggles for disability rights? 


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

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


PDPs / OR optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  

Scholarships for Winter Courses - Registration fees of $50 and $100


  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond – Teaching Human Rights Today
    • March 2 to April 15, 2023 - Webinars March 9, 16 & 30 and April 6 - 4:00-5:15pm Eastern - Register for America and World Fascism Instructors: Peter N. Carroll, Stanford, University and Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College, facilitated by Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Special fee of $50 thanks to the Puffin Foundation.  


  • The Constitution and the Pursuit of Happiness: Institutions, Virtue and Civic Dispositions
    • May 22 to June 15, 2023 - Webinars June 6 and June 20 - 7:00-8:30pm Eastern - Register for The Constitution and the Pursuit of Happiness. Instructor: Kelley Brown. Constitutional scholar: David Hudson, Jr., author of The American Constitution 101. 
    • $350 for 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University for an additional fee of $315.
detail from Picasso's modernist painting, with disembodied faces, a horse, a bull's head among the details
Guernica. Pablo Picasso. (1937).



Upcoming Presentations and Past Recordings from Emerging America

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

  • National Council for History Education - Salt Lake City - March 23-25
    • Register for NCHE Conference
    • Emerging America workshop and poster sessions: 
      • Struggles for Freedom of Self-Determination: Engaging Every Learner through Disability History






    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; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):


    You may link directly to these resources. 


    Library of Congress Teacher Blog

    • Teaching Scientific Literacy: The Case of the Monogamous Eyes
    • An interview with Meg Medina, the Eighth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
    • The NAACP: Using Posters to Encourage Civic Action
    • Concepts across the Sciences: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
    • Global Resources from the Library of Congress
    • Three Questions with Concern Worldwide, DREAM Project, and Impact Network, 2022 Literacy Awards Successful Practice Honorees




    The world celebrates the life of Judy Heumann - 1947 - 2023

    Artist's portrait of Judy Heumann and text, "She's considered the mother of disability rights – and she's a 'Badass'!" The Washington Post


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





    Developing a K-12 Disability History Curriculum By Rich Cairn

    Lead writer and editor of the new Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum, Rich Cairn, traces the project from work with the Disability History Museum since 2007 to today’s collaboration with the Easterseals Massachusetts #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign. 

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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.