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History eNews from Emering America - December 4, 2019

Published on Tue, 12/03/2019

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 6, Issue 38 for December 4, 2019




Why Teach Disability History? (see below)

Cripples [sic] at baseball. (Challenging offensive ideas and language in sources is one of many reasons to teach Disability History.) Photograph probably shows a Red Cross field day at Fourth Avenue and Twenty-Third Street, New York City, on September 20, 1919.


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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

  • Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum - Instructor: Rich Cairn - Develop project plans under 2018 civic engagement legislation and History and Social Science standards. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • January 21 & February 25, Northampton 
  • ONLINE - Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • February 4 to March 16 - Fully ONLINE
  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • NEW DATES - March 3 & March 31 - CES, Northampton 
  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond - Instructor: Kelley Brown. Scholars Peter Carroll and Sebastiaan Faber. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • April 3-4 - Melrose High School



Other Library of Congress new resources:

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • It’s Fall Conference Season and We’re on the Move!
  • Analyzing Geographic Data Visualizations to Deepen Student Understanding of Late 19th Century Migration
  • A Musical Feast for Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Annual Young Readers Center Puppet Show (the Day After Thanksgiving!)



  • December 8 - 4:30pm - Historic Northampton: Nonotuck Life Along the Kwinitekw: Revisiting Indigenous Histories in Northampton - A Public Talk by Dr. Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania - Information and Registration 
  • December 9 - 5-6pm (online) - Facing History and Ourselves: The Education of an Idealist: A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power - Information and Registration
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - 2020 Teacher Seminars - Various Dates - Information and Application 





Blog: Why Teach Disability History? 

Besides the meeting new requirements in History and Social Science Frameworks in several states, all learners benefit when the curriculum includes the history of this large, diverse, and vital group of Americans. Students with disabilities are empowered when they investigate stories of people like them. Classes gain social justice skills as they learn to challenge offensive language and ideas in source materials. All students benefit from study of the many activists who won civil rights and respect for a long oppressed class of citizens. Examine a multilevel rationale in the full post on the blog. 


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Rachel Panasci Lima

Rachel Panasci Lima began working with Emerging America in 2019 as the project coordinator for the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Program Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry. Currently she continues her work as a history researcher specializing in online exhibits to faciliate website development. She is a MA student in the history department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying public history and cultural landscape management.