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History eNews from Emerging America - March 21, 2024

Published on Thu, 03/21/2024

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 11, Issue 3 for March 21, 2024

In this Issue

  • Events @ Emerging America
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • March blog review


Inclusion in the new guide to using primary sources from Teachers College Press

March Blog Post


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Teaching With Primary Sources for Cultural Understanding, Civic Mindedness, and Democracy published March, 2024 by Teachers College Press.



Courses & Workshops at Emerging America - Info & Registration.

Syllabi available at link above. Questions? Contact or

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

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Documentation of genocide by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge in 1975-1979. Photo by Kate Todhunter.
  • Humanizing the History of Genocide in the Classroom - Northampton, MA (in person)
    • July 15 - 8:30am - 3pm - CES, Northampton, Massachusetts. 
    • Workshop is full. There is a waiting list. Register
    • Led by 20+ year genocide education teacher Kate Todhunter. 
    • Gain materials and resources on the Holocaust and Armenian, Khmer Rouge, and Rwandan genocides and legacy of colonialization in the U.S. 
    • Co-sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools. 
    • Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
    • Massachusetts teachers complete summer program and school-year sessions and project for a $525 honorarium and 15 content-area PDPs. 
    • Meets Massachusetts license renewal requirement for 15 hours of PD on teaching English Learners.


Webinars and Conference Sessions from Emerging America 

See complete list of Upcoming Presentations, Past Recordings  and more.


  • Empowerment through Disability History - Hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

    • April 9, 2024 - 5-6pm Eastern Time - Free - Register
      • Ross Newton, high school history teacher in Special Education, and Rich Cairn, author of Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. 
      • Disability from after the American Revolution through the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and its impacts. Discuss why and how disability history can be integrated into school classrooms. 
    • For Special Education teachers and interested parents and advocates. 



2024 Disability History Survey 

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New at the Library of Congress

What’s New?

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):

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • New Technologies and Voter Information
  • Inventions and Innovations: the Woman who Made Buildings Safer
  • Virtual Service Learning Hours with By the People
  • The Library’s Pinterest Board for Teachers Has a New Look
  • The Power of Slowing Down
  • Media and Misinformation: Studying Yellow Journalism with Students
  • Emerging Strategies Honorees: New Awards for New Literacy Organizations
  • Summer Teacher Institute Impact: How a Film on Atomic Energy Sparked Engagement Among Science Educators
  • Primary Sources, Transcriptions, and Douglass Day Celebrations


Disability History Resources & Updates

9 Round pin-on buttons with messages, including "Equal Rights are not Special Rights,"  "I [heart] ADA," "Never Again," and "Attitudes Disable People."

Image from EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America - Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  


Other Events

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


Summer 2024 - All are in-person unless noted


Other Resources


Blog Preview:  Inclusion in the new publication: Teaching with Primary Sources for Cultural Understanding, Civic Mindedness, and Democracy

By Rich Cairn, Emerging America

Explore brief descriptions of selected articles from the powerfully useful new collection edited by Scott Waring, professor at the University of Central Florida and longtime leader in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium. Highlights include: 

  • Inclusion of Students with Disabilities Through Primary Sources - Rich Cairn & Graham Warder
  • Strengthen Language Proficiency Through Primary Source Inquiry: Supporting Multilingual Learners - Alison Noyes and Allison Audet
  • When the Young Lead: The Legacy of Black Youth Civic Engagement in the Struggle for Civil Rights - Daniella Ann Cook, Jeffrey C. Eargle, and Vernon Turner
  • ¡Sí, se puede!: Latinx Histories and Cultures Through Primary Sources - Bárbara C. Cruz. 
  • Locating Culture: Teaching With Primary Sources to Advance Culturally Responsive Teaching With Multilingual Learners - Andrea G. Kolb 
  • And more… 


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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.