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History eNews from Emerging America - February 9, 2022

Published on Wed, 02/09/2022

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

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 2 for February 9, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Emerging America Blog post: Resources for Teaching about Genocide. Link to blog post


Teaching about Genocide

Link to list of resources. 

Link to course on America and World Fascism.


Nuremberg trial verdicts held Nazis accountable for crimes against humanity. (1945). Library of Congress blog. 



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.  

  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic. 
    • Spring: February 28 to April 4. Online. 
    • Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown. 
    • Available for 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University. 
    • Register for the History’s Mysteries Institute


  • America and World Fascism - From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond: 
    • Study extremism and resistance to it across the 20th century to today. Explore strategies to teach difficult and controversial subjects. 
    • Led by Peter Carroll, Stanford University; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; and Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • March 3 - April 15. Online. With four live webinars. 
    • Register for America and World Fascism course.


  • Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive
    • Design civic engagement projects and civics education that are fully inclusive, especially of students with disabilities and English Learners.
    • Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 10 PDPs with submission of an inclusive civic engagement plan. 
    • March 3. Online. 
    • Register for Inclusive Civic Engagement


  • Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations
    • Gain practical training in the geographic and historical content and inquiry-based strategies and resources for instruction to address Social Science Standards. Focus on regions of the world that have been underrepresented in K-12 classrooms. 
    • Led by Nicholas Aieta, Westfield State University, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • April 19 - May 24. Online. With two live webinars. Register for Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations


  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries 
    • Become familiar with History’s Mysteries and ask questions of its authors in preparation for teaching the curriculum. 
    • May 18, 7-8:30 pm Eastern Time. Online. 
    • Register for History’s Mysteries Intro. 


  • Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
    • Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Focus on access strategies. 
    • Alison Noyes, Emerging America. 
    • July 8 to July 29. Online. With three live webinars: July 12, 19 & 26
    • Register for Immigration Issues



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

[ALT] See list of accessible recordings of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.


  • Interview with Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes by Tom Bober, Jan. 18, 2022. Primary Source Podcast. Link to Podcast




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):

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Datasets as Primary Sources: An Archaeological Dig into Our Collective Brains, Part 1
  • The Pemberton Mill Collapse and Changes in Engineering Design
  • Formation Photographs
  • African American History: Teacher Resources and Primary Sources
  • Using Baseball Cartoons to Introduce Concepts Related to Convergent Evolution
  • Barbara Pope: Newspaper Accounts of a Civil Rights Pioneer
  • Grab the Mic: January 2022 Edition
  • The Question Game: Creating Questions about Primary Sources





All times in Eastern Time Zone - Online unless noted.

  • February 16, 4-5 - Planning Civics K-12 - with We the People - Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Info on civics planning
  • February 17, 5:30-6:30pm - In person or online. “Twas not long since I left my native shore.”: Phillis Wheatley’s Celestial Cartography. Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on the Phillis Wheatley talk 
  • February 17, 4-5pm - Frances Perkins and the Role of the Secretary of Labor - Middle Tennessee State University. Email to register for Perkins webinar:
  • February 18 - repeated February 22 - 11am - Celebrate Washington’s birthday live, virtually with Mt Vernon. Info on Washington’s birthday celebration
  • February 22, 5:15pm - Back on the Clock: Labor Control in the Cold War Military’s New Workforce - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on the Cold War webinar
  • February 24, 5:15pm - Talking Headstones: What Biographers Learn from Visiting Their Subjects’ Graves - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on the Headstones webinar.
  • February 27 & March 27, 2pm - Early Environmental Histories of Climate Change - Historic Deerfield. Info on Climate Change webinars
  • March 3, 3:30pm - Questioning: The Key to Unlocking the Power of Inquiry in Social Studies. Info on inquirED programs.  
  • March 16, 23, 30 & April 6, 7:00-8:30pm - Museum Course - Puritans at War: New England in the English Civil Wars 1640-1675 - Historic Deerfield. Info on Puritans at War
  • March 17-20, National Council for History Education (NCHE) annual conference. Register for NCHE Conference
  • April 7, 3:30pm - Up to the Task: How to Support Student-Led Learning in Elementary Social Studies. Info on inquirED programs
  • April 28, 3:30pm - Inquiry in Action: Classroom Spotlights. Info on inquirED programs.
  • May 12, 3:30pm - Diverse Sources: Powerful Literacy Practices in the Social Studies Classroom. Info on inquirED programs.






NEW BLOG POST: Resources for Teaching about Genocide

By Rich Cairn, Emerging America

In December 2021, Massachusetts became the 20th state to pass legislation requiring that every student learn about genocide. In addition to Nazi crimes, the law pointedly requires that students learn about genocides in America and around the world. In this Month’s post, we offer a selection of resources to help address this imperative. 

Emerging America has partnered for many years with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives to offer America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond. Link to registration information for the spring 2022 section

Emerging America created a new unit on the Eugenics Movement in America. 

Read 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.