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History eNews from Emerging America - December 12, 2018

Published on Wed, 12/12/2018


  • Registration newly open for spring courses at Emerging America. Includes new section of Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources.
  • Rhode Island high school grad sues state for denying her Constitutional right to learn civics. See a thoughtful post from the California History and Social Science Project’s Nancy McTygue.

New Blog Post from Emerging America:


Picture of a group of men watching while one man raises his hand to hit another seated man with a long, thin weapon.

“A dramatic portrayal, clearly biased toward the northern point of view, of an incident in Congress which inflamed sectional passions in 1856. The artist recreates the May 22 attack and severe beating of Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner by Representative Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina. Brooks's actions were provoked by Sumner's insulting public remarks against his cousin, Senator Andrew Pickens Butler, and against Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas, delivered in the Senate two days earlier. The print shows an enraged Brooks (right) standing over the seated Sumner in the Senate chamber, about to land on him a heavy blow of his cane.” (Summary from Library of Congress.)

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES REGISTRATION FULL - World Geography and History: Designing Grades 6-7. Gain content knowledge in World Geography and Ancient History. Unpack, examine, and align courses to new History and Social Science standards. Two-day course. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 - CES, Northampton.

Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum. How will YOU meet the new Massachusetts requirement to offer civic engagement projects? Learn the basics. Generate and test fly a specific action plan. Taught by national service-learning and civic engagement leader, Rich Cairn. Two-day course. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Jan. 23 and March 13 - CES, Northampton.

NEWLY OPEN FOR REGISTRATION - Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets 15-hour Massachusetts requirement for high quality professional development on teaching students with disabilities and diverse learners. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Feb. 27 and March 6 - Northampton.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Pure Drugs and Primary Sources: An Opportunity for Close Reading and Analysis
  • Using Library of Congress Posters to Inspire Creativity

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS - Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

Other Resources:

  • Pioneer Valley History Network - Heritage Book Series (discount prices) - Info
  • New Book: Whips of Westfield, the Rise and Decline of An American Industry - Info

New Emerging America Blog:

Civility (in politics, the classroom, and public life) Civility, in politics, in the classroom, and in public life, has been the subject of renewed interest in the current political moment (even more than before – see the new preface to a previous post, with links to additional curricular resources). Rep. Preston Brooks' beating of Sen. Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate is a vivid illustration of the inflamed passions that went further than we can imagine today in halls of Congress. (See image by Winslow Homer, "Arguments of the Chivalry," from the collections of the Library of Congress.) For a source of rich debate about contemporary conflicts steeped in primary sources and thoughtful analysis, and conducted always with exemplary civility, we recommend ongoing discussions on the Constitution Daily, the blog of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The Center is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to education and debate about citizenship and of course, our own Federal Constitution. ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published Wednesdays; deadline Sunday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.