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History eNews from Emerging America - April 20, 2023

Published on Thu, 04/20/2023

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 4 for April 20, 2023

In this Issue


All teachers-K-12-have a great opportunity to strengthen their capacity to teach the U.S. Constitution!

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Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown explore Constitutional rights with elementary teachers at the National Council for History Education conference in Salt Lake City. Together they created Private i History Detectives from iCivics. 

Join Easthampton High School teacher Kelley Brown and historian David Hudson for The Constitution & the Pursuit of Happiness spring grad course. 


Events @ Emerging America - Info & Registration.

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

Graduate Courses - Online

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

  • 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.


Presentations and Recordings from Emerging America

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


  • 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
  • Watch for other highlights on inclusion as they develop. 





New at the Library of Congress

Four smiling African-American women stand smiling as uniformed male soldier stands with them holding an official-looking piece of paper
“Still Out There Fighting” - Veterans’ History Project online exhibit on African American Women in WWII.…

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):


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Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A New Primary Source Set from the Library of Congress
  • Searching African American Newspapers in Chronicling America
  • Using Sanborn maps? The first in our series of STEM-related webinars is for you!
  • Teaching Scientific Literacy: The Case of the Alien Abduction
  • Using Chronicling America to Explore the Work of the NAACP
  • Explore Native American History and Culture Through Manuscripts, a New Resource Guide
  • Century of Lawmaking–New Look, New Location
  • Resources from the Library of Congress for Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Concepts across the Sciences: Stability and Change
  • Adding Sound to the Silence: Students Build on Silent Films
  • Civil Rights and African American Women Changemakers
  • Concepts across the Sciences: Structure and Function
  • Two Questions with DIBS for Kids, Kids Read Now, ReadWorks, and ServeMinnesota Reading Corps, 2022 Literacy Awards Successful Practice Honorees
"Graphic portrait of Paul S. John, smiling, bearded African-American man wearing a hoodie printed with with "End Gun Violence".
Paul S. John is a social justice advocate with Million Hoodies Movement for Justice recruiting young activist leaders to end anti-Black racism and systemic violence, and working with mayors in support of legislation that will reduce gun violence. Portrait: We the Future - End Gun Violence - Munk One, artist - Amplifier Project (2020).


Disability History Resources & Updates


Other Events

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


Summer 2023 - All are in-person unless noted


Other Resources


Blog Post: Teaching about civic virtues and the Constitution in every grade

By Alison Noyes

The upcoming course on teaching the US Constitution is for teachers at all grade levels, from Kindergarten through through 12th grade. This blog post is a brief dive into the power of teaching deep, big ideas to a range of ages, and to the value of inviting teachers from primary grades and upper grades to think together as they plan for their own classrooms. 

Link to the full blog post History eNews welcomes your news & events. 

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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.