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We help teachers deepen inquiry and engagement with history by all students.


Emerging America provides professional development and online resources to nurture critical thinking about the American experience and its global context. We model successful strategies to access and analyze primary sources, investigate vital local stories, and improve student reading and writing about rich texts, images, maps, recordings, multimedia, and more.

Easthampton High School students describe their experiences with primary sources.
Why We Love Primary Sources

Browse our ever-growing collection of primary source sets, lesson plans, classroom assessments, and more, developed by teachers and edited for quality and consistency.

Upcoming Workshops


Emerging America offers a wide menu of workshops and courses, face-to-face and online professional development opportunities for K-12 educator. View All Workshops or Learn more about our Professional Development here.

Image of course poster with title and collage of primary sources

Fully Online: January 13 - February 22 - Online Webinar January 18 4:00-5:15pm Eastern Time Offered at special low rate of $100 thanks to a Library of Congress Teaching…

collage of photos and posters, primary sources for the course

Register  Featuring four live webinar sessions. Participants will also complete readings, online postings, and draft a primary source-based classroom activity. There will be…

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources

Register Here (follow link, then use "Filter by Program")  The Emerging America resources at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) offer all learners - including…

Latest Blog Posts


Read up on current news and information related to Civics, History and Social Studies, Teaching with Primary Sources, and more. Click here to view our blog.