CFP for Teaching the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1977-Present

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Chicana/o History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


Edited by John Moore (Western Kentucky University), Adam Attwood (Austin Peay State University), & Matt Campbell (Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and University of Houston-Downtown)
Editor Contact: (Website for this volume)

Publisher: Peter Lang (
Book Series Editorial Team: Caroline R. Pryor, Erik Alexander, James Mitchell, & Whitney Blankenship

Context: This volume will include sections on Historical Analysis, Pedagogical Issues for 6-12, and 6-12 Lesson Plans that address the struggle and achievements of civil rights, 1977-present in the United States.

There was an original call for chapters in 2019, and we have already received several Historical Analysis Chapters. We still need Pedagogical Issues Chapters for all topics related to the teaching of 1977-present civil rights history in grades 6-12.

Historical Analysis Chapters:

We are seeking one or two more chapters on a topic related to civil rights history, 1977-present in the United States. These are to be history papers that preferably analyze a combination of primary and secondary sources. Papers that analyze only secondary sources will also be considered.
Historical Analysis: Should range between 4,000-7,000 words (including references, APA 7th edition format)

Pedagogical Issues Chapters Currently Needed:

All topics related to the teaching (in grades 6-12) of the civil rights 1977-present in the United States. The goal of this is to provide pre-service teachers, methods instructors, and in-service teachers with historical content and resources that allow them to teach the modern Civil Rights Movement through an intersectional lens. Pedagogical Issues: Should range between 3,000-4,000 words (including references, APA 7th edition format)

Process and Timeline:

  1. Submit your completed manuscript with your author information to the Chapter Submissions Form link by July 31, 2020:

  2. If the manuscript passes initial review, it will go through an additional peer review. If manuscript is provisionally accepted, the author(s) will be notified by email. Final acceptance of the manuscript depends on the author(s) making satisfactory edits and revision to the manuscript, as requested by the editor.

  3. Publication is expected 2021. Publisher: Peter Lang. This volume is part of the series Teaching Critical Themes in American History

The purpose of the Teaching Critical Themes in American History series is to provide teachers an examination of critical issues in American history and provide resources to teach these issues. The resources found in this series are: (a) historical content for exploring critical issues, (b) historical context for addressing the themes of civil rights and liberties, (c) examples of how to use national standards to augment lessons, and (d) primary and secondary source material to support the investigation of critical themes in American history. The historical analysis essays provide educators with rich historical content addressing people and events that are not typically covered in social studies textbooks. The authors provide insight into the overlapping goals of multiple civil rights movements as well as the tensions within and among movements.

Contact Info: 

Adam Attwood and Matt Campbell

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