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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.

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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.

thousands of black women wearing white long dresses and some men in suits march in a 1917 New York City street. Three protest signs are visible.

How can teachers engage their students with study of civic life, agency and community? By studying the history of post-Reconstruction American institutions and the struggles…

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources

Course runs Oct 19 - Dec. 5, 2020, and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates dual-…

illustration with dark-haired young woman, eyes covered with eye-mask, guides the hand of a blind boy to a line on a page of a book

From the American colonial era to the 21st century, people with disabilities experienced a revolution in status from objects of religious benevolence to wards of the state to…

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.