The National Council for History Education’s Annual Conference was held in on March 23-24, 2012. This year’s theme was “Reading the Past: Literature and Literacy in History.”
To help convey the theme, ABA Division for Public Education staff presented and highlighted Federal Judicial Center case, Bush v. Orleans, illustrated by Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We all Live With.” The session examined the painting’s complex story from the Civil Rights Movement. Rockwell was inspired by the experience of , and her 1960 court-ordered escort into a elementary school, a result of the school desegregation case known as Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board.
Participants used the painting and federal court documents to ‘read’ the story of Bush v. Orleans, discuss how it serves as a resource for teaching about Civil Rights, as well as how other significant federal cases might be used to tell stories from American history.