Contributions of LGTBQ and Persons with Disabilities in 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries America

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Hello all, 

New Jersey just passed a law that will require the teaching of the various contributions of Homosexuals and Persons with Disabiltiies in the United States as part of the history curriculum.  I have to be honest, I am hoping some of my colleagues here at H-Net would know of valuable resources that house and/or archive such individuals.  Any information you have would be appreciated.  

Thank you all,

Joseph Dobis

Franklin High School, Somerset, NJ. 

United States History Teacher

BA in History from Georgian Court University ‘09

MA in History from Monmouth University ‘12

Can't speak to people with disabilities, but can speak towards the LGBTQ+ community:

For an international overview, see:

An interesting timeline with some good quality recommended sources:

GLSEN has tons of stuff for teachers. You can start here:

A great podcast series might be of help:

Teaching Tolerance has a great podcast called “Queer America” that features historians who study LGBTQ populations. They give concrete ways to integrate this history into your curriculum alongside what you are already teaching in US History.

Margaret Wilson Gillikin, PhD
Director of Social Studies Education
Winthrop University

History Unerased has great resources regarding LBGTQ history.

Emerging America, at the Collaborative for Educational Services, has a good many resources focused on students with disabilities, as well as ELs.

You might check out Kim Nielsen's A Disability History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2013).

I humbly suggest "Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History" (Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2017). Disclosure: I coedit the book series this is a part of, but it is a non-profit press.

“A terrific book for anyone teaching U.S. history to high school or college students. It is designed to explain why, and especially how, educators can integrate LGBT history into their existing courses. The volume contains superb essays by scholars and teachers that speak to pedagogy, sources, and methods, and includes seventeen topical essays that span the breadth of U.S. history, from colonial same-sex experiences to contemporary same-sex marriage.”
—The American Historian