America's Warriors in the Modern Era: World War II to Iraq

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


This is a joint program of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services, the Veterans Education Project, and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. The workshop is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES.  

Participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the context and experience of U.S. Armed Forces from World War II through Afghanistan and Iraq 
  • Hear from and speak with veterans
  • Access recorded interviews, photos and documents from the Library of Congress, including collections of the Veterans History Project
  • Visit the Springfield Armory and learn about the equipment of soldiers from the Revolution to Vietnam

Chris Appy, from UMass Amherst Department of History, will speak about the evolving role of the U.S. and American Exceptionalism, as a superpower coming out of World War II, through the Cold War, to the beginnings of the post-Cold War era.


Elementary, ELA and Social Studies teachers, Grades 3 - 12.


22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Chris Appy picture

    Chris Appy is a Professor in History at UMass Amherst. He is the author of three books about the American War in Vietnam: American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Viking, 2015); Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides (Viking, 2003), and Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 1993). Patriots won the Massachusetts Book Awa

  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. Emerging America includes Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Institutes: "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry."

For more information, contact:
Director, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936