Primary source documents can substantially enhance classroom learning by illuminating more complex aspects of any given unit. Exploring and analyzing photographs, letters, legal documents and any number of other primary sources can help students experience an academic unit more holistically, and inspire the kind of complex thinking that true learning requires. On this website, educators may search through a collection of primary source documents relating to Immigration, The Harlem Renaissance, and a general collection of American authors of the 19th century.
Each unit theme has a separate documents page that lists suggested primary sources as well as lesson ideas or possible classroom activities. Additionally, please explore the research links provided to additional primary source documents on subjects not addressed here.