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Spotlight on Elementary Education

History has been shaped and influenced by the out come of ancient trials—such as the Trial of Socrates in 399B.C.—to Rosenberg Trial in the 1950s. This site offers a comprehensive look at 50 prominent court trials throughout history and its resources can be used to give young learners an introduction to the history of the modern judicial system.

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Television News of the Civil Rights Era
Image, Television News of the Civil Rights Era 1950-1970, 2005, UVa.

View contemporary coverage of the Civil Rights Movement from two Roanoke, VA [...] »

American State Papers, 1789-1838
Documents, The Alien Act, July 6, 1798, National Archives

Access Congressional documents from the first 25 Congresses.

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Encyclopedia of Chicago, Historical Sources
Photo, Chinese. . . , 1917, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Historical Society

Imagine your life in 19th and 20th-century Chicago with this extensive [...] »

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Women in Blues (and Jazz)

In the early 20th century, the new music recording industry embraced [...] »

In Dr. King's Words

People can identify (some of) the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Can you [...] »

When Whales Lit the World

Up to the 20th century, whalers provided oil for the industrial revolution. [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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Jim Crow Segregation: The Difficult and Anti-Democratic Work of White Supremacy
Print, For the Sunny South. An Airship. . . , 1913, Library of Congress

The fight against segregation and its discriminatory practices does not [...] »

The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

Rise of the Automobile
Photo, Model A Ford in front of antique gas pumps, August 4, 2007, Flickr

Americans today take cars for granted. How did they change American life? [...] »

National Resources

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Selective Service System
Lithograph, Don't wait for the draft--Volunteer, 1917, Library of Congress

Did you know that the draft was used in times of peace, as well as war?

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Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

American art makes the interpretive nature of historical knowledge clear. [...] »

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Looking for a way to fund graduate education related to teaching the U.S. [...] »

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Civil War Convicts: Unraveling a Misconception
stereograph, Officers of 3d Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, 1865, LOC

Did criminals fight during the Civil War? Not exactly, but some soldiers [...] »