Lesson Plans

2014 Western History Association Conference, Newport Beach, California

Committee on Teaching and Public Education


The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region Sessions at the WHA

Panels (in Santa Fe April 25-27 and at the WHA Oct 15-18)

Panel 1: Implications of Migration: Economics and Politics in the Southwest (Chaired by Professor Peggy O’Neill-Jones, TPS Director)

  • Professor David Wilkins, “A Constitutional Confession: The ‘Peculiar’ Status of Native Nations in the U.S.”
  • Professor Kent Blansett, “Complicating Red Power: A Political History of Mohawk Activist Richard Oakes, 1942-1972”

Teachers: Logan Brumm, Lee Irby, Shelly Stearns, and Veronica Villegas

“What Does Justice Look Like?” by Logan Brumm and Shelly Stearns: Government and History Lesson


Panel 2: Migrations in Southwest History: A Big History View (Chaired by Professor Linda Sargent Wood, NAHA TAH Director)

  • Professor James Brooks, “Continental Drifts: Space, Time and Migration in the Greater Southwest”
  • Professor Rachel St. John, “Migration and the U.S.-Mexico Border”

Teachers: Gabe Gomez, Eric Newcombe, Tim Tomlinson, and Sara Stahl

Captivity Narrative Lesson guides for History and English Classes by Gomez and Stahl and Based on Brooks’s work

Captivating Narratives, Captivity Narratives Investigation and guides and Right Question Institute guide

U.S. Mexico Border Lesson by Eric Newcombe and Tim Tomlinson: AZMex Border Lesson and

Primary_Source_Analysis_Tool and Analyzing_Primary_Sources


Panel 3: Global West (Chaired by Dr. Brian Collier, WHA Teaching Committee)

  • Professor David Wrobel, “The Global West of the 19th Century: Travel, Empire, and Frontier Mythology”
  • Katherine Benton-Cohen, “Borderline Americans: Talking about Class Conflict and Global Immigration in the Southwest”

Teachers: Mitch Askew, Cody Canning, Tahia Farooque, and Molly Goulden

Bisbee Deportation Investigation and Mural Project by Molly Goulden and Mitch Askew and based on the work of historian Katherine Benton-Cohen: http://deportationofbisbee.wordpress.com/

Global West, American Frontier Lesson by Cody Canning and based on the historical work of David Wrobel Presentation

The Settlers in the West 1

The Western American Character 2

Native People of the West 3

The West as a Place Lost to Time 4

Final Rubric

Selected readings:


Benton-Cohen, Katherine. Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Brooks, James. Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands. University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

St. John, Rachel. Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011.

Wilkins, David. Navajo Political Experience. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

Wrobel, David. Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture). Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2013

Articles and Book Chapters:

Benton-Cohen, Katherine. “From Borderline Americans: Racial Divisions and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands,” in Garth Massey, ed. Readings in Sociology. New York: W.W. Norton, 285-296.

Brooks, James F. “‘This Evil Extends Especially…to the Feminine Sex’: Negotiating Captivity in

the New Mexico Borderlands.” Feminist Studies 22, no. 2 (Summer 1996)

Blansett, Kent. “San Francisco, Red Power and the Emergence of an ‘Indian City.’” In City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West. Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2011, p. 261-83.

Chang, Jason. “Racial Alterity in the Mestizo Nation.” Journal of Asian American Studies 14 (Oct, 2011): 331-59.

Flores, Dan. “Empires of the Sun: Big History and the Southern High Plains,” OAH Magazine of History 27 (October 2013): 9-13.

Johnson, Mark. “Anti-Chinese Sentiments in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.” Lesson Plan for the Western History Association Conference, Tucson, AZ, 2013.


Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/

Library of Congress Western Region: http://www.msudenver.edu/tps/

LOC TPS Teachers Network: http://tpsteachersnetwork.org

Annotated Resource Sets (ARS’s) here: http://www.msudenver.edu/tps/resources/resourcesets.shtml

Demos on creating ARSs and more: http://www.msudenver.edu/tps/resources/demos.shtml

Dual Inquiry Prezi Presentation: http://www.msudenver.edu/tps/resources/dualinquiry.shtml

Bisbee Deportation Collection, University of Arizona: http://www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/bisbee/