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The Truth About Helen Keller

Article. By Ruth Shagoury. A review of children's picture books about the life of Helen Keller reveals the omission of any description of her active role in key social movements of the 20th century.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Disability, Education, Women's History
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101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Immigration, Labor, Language Arts, Latinx, LGBTQ, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, Women's History
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A Disability History of the United States

Book — Non-fiction. By Kim E. Nielsen. 2013. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, this is the first book to place the experiences of people with disabilities at the center of the American narrative.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Disability, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Crip Camp

Directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht. Netflix. 2020. 107 minutes. A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Disability, Organizing
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Disability History Week

Film. From Y.O. Disabled and Proud. 2010. 6 minutes. Youth at the 2010 Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud Disability History Campaign Summit YO! explain why they believe disability history should be taught in schools.
Themes: Disability, Organizing
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The Power of 504

Film (YouTube video). 18 minutes. Documentary on the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 1977.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Disability
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Americans Who Tell the Truth

Website. Portraits by Robert Shetterly and biographies of individuals who have taken a stand for justice.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Environment, Art & Music, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Latinx, LGBTQ, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Social Class, Sports, Women's History
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The Museum of disABILITY History

Website. Timeline from Museum of disABILITY History that chronicles significant events in disability history from 400 B.C. to 1999.
Themes: Disability, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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April 28, 1977: Disability Rights Sit-Ins Force Federal Government to Enact Section 504

Between April 5 and April 28, 1977, hundreds of disabled and handicapped activists organized, protested, and occupied government buildings around the country to pressure the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph Califano, to enact Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and publish regulations to guide its enforcement.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Disability, Organizing
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Aug. 14, 1935: The Social Security Act Passed

The Social Security Act was passed, one of the results of the strength of organized labor and other mass movements of the 1930s.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Economics, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights
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