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History eNews from Emerging America - November 4, 2020

Published on Wed, 11/04/2020

African-American woman seated at hearing table, speaking, microphone clipped to floral striped dress, her face and indistinct objects above counters behind her reflecting bright lights.
[Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate, at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1964] Library of Congress

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 30 for November 4, 2020


  • The Library of Congress is offering Virtual Workshops for Students
  • The Mass Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Ed (DESE) opened a new History & Social Science resource page
    • The page has a new Civics Project Guidebook 2.0, including for Remote Learning and Civics Projects. 
    • Nov. 16 - DESE-led “Civics Projects: Implementation 101” network to learn about the defining components of high-quality projects, get tools to plan for implementation, and build relationships with other educators. Register HERE!”
    • DESE new Monthly Humanities Newsletter (including History & Social Science) Sign up
  • Suffrage Themed Documentary and Curriculum Guide: Introducing BORDERLAND, a documentary that chronicles the life of a woman who was born in the 19th century, worked to change the 20th century, and whose wisdom still resonates today in the 21st century.
  • Many excellent jobs open statewide at the Collaborative. Community engagement as well as teaching.  
  • Please join the Mass Council for the Social Studies! The amazing virtual NERC conference (through Nov. 18) is one of many ways MCSS supports our field. 
  • Our longtime friend and collaborator, Kelley Brown, Easthampton High School teacher, was declared a runner up for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  • Westfield State University, in partnership with Emerging America, receives Library of Congress grant to create new units for History’s Mysteries K-5 curriculum. 
  • Next issue of the History eNews is November 18. Submit events & resources to by November 15.


The Right to Vote

See below for resources and events to guide teaching as America responds to the most contentious and consequential election in generations, amid concerted efforts to suppress voting rights.

African-American woman in 3/4 profile seated at hearing table, microphone clipped to striped floral dress, speaking with brows drawn together, reflections of bright lights visible on her face and on indistinct objects above counters in background.
Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate, at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1964. Library of Congress

Fannie Lou Hamer suffered permanent disabilities due to beatings suffered while she campaigned for voter rights.

“Supporting the Democratic Process” 

“We, the undersigned, stand firmly united behind the inviolable constitutional principle established in the elections of 1800, leaving no doubt that a peaceful continuation or transfer of power after a free and fair election is a cornerstone of our democratic system of government. This continues to be the norm, unbroken after more than two centuries.” 

- Statement from the leading civics education organizations.




Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Registration opens soon! 


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration. Contact Rich Cairn about scheduling Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region for 2020-2021.



TPS Teachers Network - Teachers interested in working with primary sources are welcome to join this FREE network. LINK DIRECTLY TO ALBUMS; YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN FOR OTHER LINKS:


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Día de los Muertos: Exploring Images from the Day of the Dead
  • Enabling Student Wonder to Drive Exploration of Presidential Papers
  • A Look at the Electoral College through Math and U.S. History Lenses
  • The Electoral College: What Are Its Origins and How Does it Work? 



(Online unless otherwise noted.) 

  • Nov. 6, 10, 12, 13 - Virtual National Humanities Conference. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 9 10-11am Eastern Time - DESE History & Social Science Network informal meetup. Participate
  • Nov. 10, 4-5:30pm Eastern Time - Discord and Crisis: The 2020 Election - California History & Social Science Project. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 10, 4:15-6:15pm Eastern Time - Exploring the Role of Religion in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Religious Literacy as a Means and Ends for Civic Competency - Mass Humanities Council. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 12, 7pm Eastern Time - After the Election: What's Next for US Democracy? Incl. Nicholas Kristof - Facing History & New York Times. Panel discussion for teachers. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 12, 3:30-4:30pm Eastern Time - Resources for Planning through an Inclusive, Critical, and Responsive Lens: Introduction Webinar. Mass Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. Registration
  • Nov. 12 3:30-4:30 Eastern Time - Guiding Principle 2 Resources Intro Webinar - DESE - Info & Registration
  • Nov. 12, 6pm Eastern Time - Bill McKibben & panel: Environmental Policy in Historical Perspective. UMass Amherst History - Feinberg Series. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 9, 7-8pm Eastern Time - A Movement, Not a Moment: How to Go Beyond Read Alouds to Create Antiracist Elementary Classrooms - NCSS. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 9, 6:30-7:30pm Eastern Time - The History of Radio - Salter Storrs Library Register
  • Nov. 13, 4pm Eastern Time - Indigenous Origins of New England Cuisine - Antiquarian Society. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 15, 4:00-5:30pm Eastern Time – Interactive, online workshop for teachers (grades 7-12) interested in the Holocaust and social justice.  Hosted by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) and Mass Humanities. Info & Registration.
  • Nov. 15 - 5pm Eastern Time - Film screening + Q & A: Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War - Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Register
  • Nov. 17, 3:30-4:30pm Eastern Time - Teacher Share-a-Thon - DESE - On student feedback strategies. Info & Registration




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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.