In February 2014, Humanities Texas held three one-day teacher professional development workshops in Edinburg, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio focusing on the westward expansion of the United States in the nineteenth century.

Topics addressed included Manifest Destiny, the Mexican War, Native American resistance, and the revolutions in transportation and communication. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.

Workshop faculty included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel Walker Howe (University of California at Los Angeles); Daniel Feller (University of Tennessee); John L. Larson (Purdue University); Thomas Britten (The University of Texas at Brownsville); and Erika Bsumek (The University of Texas at Austin).

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Teacher Professional Development

To learn more about Humanities Texas professional development institutes for Texas teachers, please visit the Education section of our website.