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History eNews from Emerging America - February 16, 2023

Published on Thu, 02/16/2023

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 2 for February 16, 2023


  • Announcement: Kelley Brown, whose high school class won the state We the People competition, will teach a graduate class on The Constitution and the Pursuit of Happiness in May/June
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources

                Blog post preview: “Why Teach Disability History? - 2023”


Why Teach Disability History? 

Man with short legs that don't reach the ground as he sits on a stool operating a band saw
Although suffering from severe physical handicaps, Robert Hudson makes a valuable contribution to the nation's war progress. Operating a band saw in a Baltimore factory, he processes aluminum hearts which are part of airplane motor assemblies. (1942). Ann Rosenor, photographer.

When you see this image, do you see social transformation? Read the February Blog Post for another view.

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EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

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


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.



Upcoming Presentations and Past Recordings from Emerging America

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


  • Teach Disability History: We Can and We Must. An imperative for civics learning - National Civics Learning Week - March 8  
    • Webinar March 8 - 7-8pm Eastern Time.
    • Launch of Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. FREE. 
    • Graham Warder, Keene State College; Desiree Forte, Easterseals Massachusetts - #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign; Ross Newton, HEC Academy; Katherine Stevens, Mass Humanities; & Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Register for webinar.


  • Learning Disabilities Association of America annual conference - Las Vegas - February 21-23 
  • 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



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Learn more about National Civic Learning Week 2023





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

  • Exploring the Ideas and Logistics Behind the March on Washington Using a Planning Document
  • Remember the Ladies: African-American Women and the Fight for Rights
  • Concepts across the Sciences: Energy and Matter
  • Inventions and Innovations: A New Primary Source Set from the Library of Congress
  • Meet Meg Medina, the Library’s New Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
  • Application Deadline Reminder: Summer 2023 Professional Development at the Library of Congress
  • Three Questions with World Education and International Literacy and Development, 2022 Literacy Awards Successful Practice Honorees
  • Concepts Across the Sciences: Cause and Effect



  • A blog post at the Library of Congress–Open Air Schooling: A Pre-Pandemic Tradition–speaks about infectious disease prevention and outdoor classrooms as treatment for students with disabilities. 
  • Hearts of Glass - media resources on people with disabilities today, including film about an urban farm in Wyoming. Info on Hearts of Glass
Pen-and-ink sketch of street scene with boy carrying crutch, man pushing woman in wheelchair, women's skirts are ankle length:




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

  • February 21 4pm - Curating the Spanish Civil War: An ALBA Roundtable with the Creators of the Online Spanish Civil War Museum. Info on ALBA webinar
  • February 23 - 7pm - Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America - American Antiquarian Society. Info on everyday Black living webinar
  • February 28 - March 28 - online course Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Primary Source Questions Online - Right Question Institute. Info on Questions course
  • March 1 - April 5 - online course - Planning the Civics Project Using Backward Design - The PD Collaborative. Info on planning civics projects course
  • March 7, 3:30-4:30: Using Testimony and Primary Sources when Teaching Genocide - Gratz College. Info on Genocide webinar
  • March 11 - UMass Amherst - 2023 Transforming Education for Social Justice - Collaborative for Educational Services. Info on social justice conference
  • March 13 - 3:30-4:30pm - Civics Project Virtual Support Forum - Engaging and Collaborating with Your Community - Mass Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). Info on collaboration forum
  • March 27 - 3:30-4:30PM - Civics Project Virtual Support Forum - “Remember - It’s about the Process!: Assessing the Project” - DESE. Info on project assessment forum
  • April 27 - 6-9pm - New England Culinary Arts, Boston - Culture & Cuisine with Primary Source. Info re cuisine workshop
  • May 2 7-8:30pm - A Revolutionary History of the Middle East - Primary Source & National Humanities Center. Info on Humanities Center webinar series
  • July 15-16 - onsite University of Oklahoma - Public History and Civic Action - National Council for History Education. Info on public history colloquium






NEW BLOG POST - Why Teach Disability History? - 2023

By Rich Cairn

There is a growing call to incorporate the history of people with disabilities and their struggles for equal rights into the curriculum. This blog post update explores why that is an imperative and points to a host of useful resources to make it happen. 

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.