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History eNews from Emerging America - June 20, 2024

Published on Thu, 06/20/2024

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 11, Issue 6 for June 20, 2024

In this Issue

  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • June blog preview: Disability in the Gilded Age


Disability in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

June Blog Post

A younger woman in a middy-dress and an older woman in a long dress sit on a park bench on a patchy lawn, a large one-story building visible in the distance behind them. Handwritten in the photo's blank margin: the date 1924 and names Carrie Buck, Emma Buck.

Carrie and Emma Buck at the Virginia Colony in 1924. 

State University of New York, University at Albany, Arthur Estabrook Papers

In 1927 in Buck v. Bell, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Virginia could sterilize Buck against her will. See this month’s blog post for empowering teaching materials on eugenics. 


Please help! 

Fill out the Disability History Survey and pass it on. 

We need to learn what history teachers are teaching and what support they need most. Please fill out this brief disability history survey from Emerging America and then share it with colleagues–those who do and those who do not currently teach disability history.

Webinars and Conference Sessions from Emerging America 

See complete list of Upcoming Presentations, Past Recordings  and more. Questions? Contact 

  • Landmark College Institute for Research and Training - Summer Institute for Educators

    • June 25-27, 2024 - Putney, Vermont - Register
    • The program includes a workshop led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America:
      • Disability History and Special Education.
    • The institute was established in 2001 to pioneer LD research, discover innovative strategies and practices, and improve teaching and learning outcomes for students with learning disabilities (like dyslexia), ADHA, and autism, and educators in high school and college settings.


  • Empowerment through Disability History: A Workshop for Special Education Professionals 
    • The recording is now online for this April 9 presentation by Rich Cairn and Ross Newton, hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of America. 



Emerging America guest blog post by Nancy SpannausAlexander Hamilton, Founder of the American System. Three Emerging America online exhibits speak to the American System: Steamboat Barnet (our most popular web page!), Radical Equality, and Forge of Innovation. 

""full-length portrait of formally dressed man with white curly hair or wig, standing, facing left, left hand on hip, right arm extended outward, books and papers beside him

Alexander Hamilton, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, left hand on hip, right arm extended outward, books and papers beside him. Portrait by John Trumbull. (1805). 



New at the Library of Congress

What’s New?

Seven small children, several dressed in Native ceremonial clothes, hair in tight pigtail braids or neatly combed, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a meadow with a post and wire fencing visible behind them

This haunting photo is from the TPS Teachers Network post, “They took the children.”

“Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va. - before entering school - seven Indian children of uneducated parents” - Photo by B.J. Johnston. (c1900). Library of Congress. 

Lesson: Exploring the Stories Behind Native American Boarding Schools, and from rethinking schools: “Kill the Indian, Kill the Deaf” Teaching about the residential schools - Wendy Harris

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):


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • A Salute and a Look Ahead at the End of the School Year
  • A.M. Redfield: Uncovering a Female Scientist Who Turned Animal Classification into Art
  • Political Parties and Primary Sources: Civic Participation
  • The Great Migration, the Urban League, and Its Role in Supporting the African American Community


Disability History Resources & Updates

Craftsperson standing on scaffold next to stone wall, protected by yellow hardhat, respirator mask, and apron, etches large letters with a power tool.
Etching words in the FDR Memorial between 1980 and 2000 - photo by Carol Highsmith. Library of Congress.


Other Events

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


Other Resources


Blog Preview: 

Disability in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Rich Cairn presented June 17, 2024 to the virtual conference: A More Perfect Union: Exploring America's Story in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, organized by the Chicago History Museum, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Illinois Chicago with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

He spoke on the topics of institutionalization, disabled veterans, immigration infrastructure, the eugenics movement, and the long arc of disability rights. The post links to curricula, primary sources and other resources. 

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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.