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History eNews from Emerging America - April 28, 2021

Published on Wed, 04/28/2021

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

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 10 for April 28, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources


“I Can’t Even Get to the Back of the Bus”

Strengthen inclusion of students with disabilities in History, Civics, and Social Science. Info

Registration Open: Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources, July-August, 2021

[a crowd of people with signs, many in wheelchairs or leaning on crutches, gathered in front of a New Jersey transit bus; sign on back of one wheelchair reads, "I CANT EVEN GET TO THE BACK OF THE BUS"]. ADAPT activists protesting for accessible transportation, Philadelphia, 1990. Tom Olin, photographer. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. 

Emerging America emphasizes Disability History as part of a coherent set of strategies to strengthen engagement and inclusion of students with disabilities. The Accessing Inquiry course meets the Massachusetts requirement for 15 hours of professional development on teaching students with disabilities and diverse learners. Earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 grad credit in history from Westfield State University.  



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.  

  • 2021 Dublin Seminar: Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630 - 1930 - ONLINE
    • Scholars from across the U.S.
    • Teachers can earn CEUs or 1 grad credit through Emerging America. 
    • June 25, 3pm to June 26, 4:30pm 
    • June 29, 4pm - teacher workshop
    • Mark your calendars. Info.
  • America and World Fascism - From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond: 
    • 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. 
    • Jan. 22 - March 1. Includes four live webinars. Info & Registration
  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources: 
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching Students with Disabilities. 
    • NEW: Access FREE K-12 Curriculum on History of People with Disabilities. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America, with Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • July 9 - August 8. One live webinar: July 14. Info & Registration.  





NEW: Upcoming Presentations by Emerging America

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

Spring 2021 Inclusion in Civic Learning Series

  • Thinkport Inquiry Kits – Teaching Tools from Maryland Humanities and Maryland Public Television
  • Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities
  • From early cultures to the modern-day role of the United States, 190 Thinkport kits examine social studies/history themes. Explore Thinkport Inquiry kits on Disability History and Immigration History.  
  • May 4, 2021 - 4:00pm Eastern 
  • Free. Info and Registration
  • Strategies to Engage All Students in Asking Their Own Questions
  • Join the Right Question Institute's Sarah Westbrook and veteran teachers as they share experiences and tips for using the QFT to deepen inclusion. 
  • May 13, 2021 - 4:00pm Eastern 
  • Free. Info and Registration

Other Emerging America Spring Events

  • May 7-8 - Teaching History Conference - UC Davis and the California History and Social Science Project. Info
  • May 25, 4pm Eastern - History’s Mysteries - Mass Civics for All spring webinars- Civics in the Elementary Grades. Info

Contact Rich Cairn about including Emerging America events and consulting in your 2021 Civic Teaching and Learning.



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

  • Join Us for Part Four of the Double Take Series: How Should We Index This Image, Thursday, April 29 at 4pm ET
  • What’s the Buzz about Cicadas?
  • Planning Student Learning Experiences Using Library of Congress Online Exhibitions: Plan a Collaborative Tour
  • Free Webinar–Teaching Poetry: Audio Recordings of Poetry and Literature from the Library of Congress on April 21, 4-5 ET
  • Six Copyright Concepts Your K-12 Students Should Know



  • April 29 - May 1 - Truth, Dissent, & the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg: A 50th Anniversary Conference: Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Amy Goodman, Frances FitzGerald, John Dean, Elizabeth Holtzman, Fredrik Logevall, Beatrice Fihn, Hedrick Smith - UMass Amherst Department of History. Info
  • May 3, 8pm Eastern - Discuss On Juneteeth with award-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed - Gilder Lehrman Institute. Info
  • May 4, 4-6pm Eastern - Talking about the recent past: Evaluating Decisions in the late 20th Century - Bill of Rights Institute. Info
  • May 4-19 - Political Cartoon Webinar Series - California History and Social Science Project. Info
  • May 6, 7pm Eastern - How Baseball Happened - webinar - American Antiquarian Society. Info
  • June 7 - Massachusetts History Conference. Info




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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.