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History eNews from Emerging America - February 24, 2021

Published on Wed, 02/24/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 5 for February 24, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Emerging America New Lesson and Blog post: How Disability Activists Created Change


How Disability Activists Created Change

New Lesson Plan from Emerging America 

"Black Panthers saved the 504 sit-in," Corbett O'Toole. Black Panther Party Newspaper, May 7, 1977. During the 504 protests at the San Francisco Federal Building in 1977, the Black Panther Party provided support, including feeding the demonstrators during the 26-day sit-in. See the related album in TPS Teachers Network

See more on this lesson below. Emerging America offers a robust set of accessible lesson plans on Disability History




EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

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


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


  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources:
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America; Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching English Learners. 
    • April 9 - May 21. One live webinar. Info & Registration


  • Teaching the History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum: 
    • Earn 10 PDPs by completing the workshop and submitting reflective input after you teach the curriculum. Led by program creators, Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown. Info about the free History’s Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms. Info & Registration
    • April 14, 7-8:15pm 
    • Follow-up session for all in June. 


  • The Right to Privacy: "The Most Valued and Comprehensive Right": 
    • Taught by outstanding teacher-leader Kelley Brown and historian David Hudson. 
    • Earn 67.5 PDPs (MA), 45 hours (other states), or 3 grad credits from Westfield State University. 
    • May 3 - June 25. Two live webinars: May 19 & June 9. Info & Registration



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

  • March 3-30 - Strategies for Teaching Inquiry with English Learners through Primary Sources - Six-hour asynchronous workshop in partnership between Emerging America and Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Western Region TPS. Register
  • May 7-8 - Teaching History Conference - UC Davis and the California History and Social Science Project. Info & Registration.

Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region in 2021.



TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • What's New Online? Explore Recently Digitized Collections from the Library of Congress

  • Additions to Chronicling America Highlight the Revolutionary War and More!

  • Celebrating George Washington and the Other Presidents of the United States with Primary Sources


EVENTS (Online unless otherwise noted)

  • February 24, 7:30pm Eastern - Landfall: Film Screening and Q&A with the Director - UMass Amherst Deptartment of History - Feinberg Series on the Environment.Info . 

  • February 25, 7pm Eastern - Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice - Athlete Upstanders & the Role of Activism in Sports. Info

  • February 25 to March 9 - Unladylike 2020 Webinars - New Visions and PBS. Info

  • February 28, 2pm Eastern - "Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement" - Cathleen Cahill, Penn State - Historic Deerfield. Info.

  • March 4, 7pm - Webinar: Support & Guidance for Your Students' Civics Projects - Civics. Info

  • March 10 - Imagery and National Identity Over Two Centuries. Teaching History While Living. American Revolution Institute. Info

  • March 11 - 1pm Eastern - Forum: Using Civic Media to Build a Better Society - Library of Congress. Info

  • March 16, 7pm Eastern - Sports in Japan: The Olympics and More - Robin Kietlinski. Info

  • March 18-19 - Symposium - In Her Own Right: A Century of Women's Activism 1820-1920 - - Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries. Info

  • March 28, 2pm - "Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915" - Jonathan Grinspan, National Museum of American History - Historic Deerfield. Info

  • April 15 - 1pm - Forum: How Political Institutions Shape Outcomes and How We Might Reform Them - Library of Congress. Info

  • May 13 - 1pm Eastern - Forum: Finding a Shared Historical Narrative - Library of Congress - Info

  • April 14 - 6:45pm - webinar panel: Disability Visibility: Intersectionality in Art, Design, and Museums - Smithsonian Associates 

  • April 23, 7:30pm - We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. Info

  • Call for Proposals for 2021 National Humanities Conference is open! The conference will be November 11-14 in Detroit.



  • NEH WORKSHOPS offer stipends up to $1,300. Applications due March 1. All virtual

    • The Making of America: Colonial Era to Reconstruction - K-8 Teachers - Gilder Lehrman Institute

    • "The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1800" - American Antiquarian Society. Info

  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Appalachian Culture through Primary Sources - Mars Hill College, North Carolina. Takes place on Mars Hill College campus Info

  • Teaching for East Asia - Virtual Summer Institute: Considering Early Modern East Asia Through Maritime History. Info

  • American History and Civics Academies - Center for Civic Education. Info





How Disability Activists Created Change  

Wendy Harris

Using primary and secondary sources about protests by members of the Disability Rights Movement in the 1970s and 1980s, students identify strategic actions taken by activists and evaluate them as to the level of personal risk or investment needed to participate. They consider them in relation to actions by African- American civil rights activists of that time and earlier, and of social justice activists in their own generation. 

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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.