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History eNews from Emerging America - July 14, 2021

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Published on Wed, 07/14/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 15 for July 14, 2021



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


“Teaching civics is vital to ensuring that our democracy in America survives and to ensuring that students see themselves as having a role and a voice in our country.” 

- AFT President Randi Weingarten, July 8, 2021 (link to article)  Black Lives Matter art and signs during the 2020 Juneteenth Celebration on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C. 

How will you ensure that EVERY student is included, engaged, and empowered in civics education? 

NCHE Critical Conversations: 2021 - Thursdays in July - How can we teach inclusive, transformative histories? On July 29, 7:30pm join Rich Cairn for Empowering Learners through History and Civics of People with Disabilities. Info. The National Council of History Education (NCHE) series culminates in the August 3-4 NCHE Equity Summit. Info.


  • NCHE Equity Summit - August 3-4 - Info
  • Civic education is vital to saving our democracy. AFT President Randi Weingarten interviews Danielle Allen and Stacey Abrams. 
  • CES seeks a Social Justice and Equity Specialist in Western Mass. Info
  • Mass DESE History/Social Science Leaders Network 2021-22. Info
  • Mass DESE seeks info about your K-5 social studies curriculum. Survey
  • The Collaborative seeks History teachers for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. See our Employment page
  • Next issue of History eNews is July 28 . Submit items to by July 25. 


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.  

  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History's Mysteries
    • August 11, 4-5:30pm Eastern Time. Info 



See complete list of recent and upcoming short webinars, poster presentations, and more. Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region in 2021.




CHECK OUT THESE TPS GRANTEES (Teaching with Primary Sources): 


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

  • New Collection Online: World War II Rumor Project
  • July 2021 Release: the Addition of 30,000 Bills and Resolutions from 1799-1873
  • What was the First Fourth of July Like?
  • “What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?”



  • July 22, 7pm Eastern Time - Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings That Created the United States - American Antiquarian Society. Info
  • July 25, 4pm Eastern Time - Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War - Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Info
  • August 2-5 - Online Seminar - Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior - Facing History and Ourselves. Info
  • August 2-6 - Free PD on teaching about local Essex County history - Park for Every Classroom. Info
  • August 9 & 13 - Teacher Workshops - Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times: Exploring Multiple Perspectives on the Eve of Revolution in Massachusetts - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info
  • August 9-12 - Online Seminar - US History: A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era - Facing History and Ourselves. Info
  • August 25 (and 2 other dates) - 4-hour workshop - Civics Project Jumpstart - Mass Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). Info
  • August 26 - 10:30am Eastern - Supporting Civil Discourse in Social Studies: Best Practices for Leaders - Mass DESE. Info





A featured primary source set at the Library of Congress, Puertorriqueños de Estados Unidos: Identity, Arts, and Culture (June 11, 2021 by Stephanie Hall), and the feature from the Library's PALABRA Archive Online Feature, "On Language and Colony: A Linguistic Trajectory of Puerto Rico's Identity as the World’s Oldest Colony" both complement a source set created by  Emerging America in 2016 with materials pertaining to Puerto Rican identity in the United States. Browse through all three resources!… 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.