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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Website Reviews

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The Aaron Copland Collection, ca. 1900-1990

An extensive collection of primary and secondary resources detailing the [...] »

American Memory Learning Page

Try lesson plans based on the Library of Congress' American Memory [...] »

World War I: Trenches on the Web
Photo, Soldiers drill in their gas masks during World War I, Flickr Commons

Visit Trenches on the Web for all your World War I research needs.

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History Quiz

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Spot the President: Presidential Campaign Ads

Decide whether these statements on the more-than-50-year-old tradition of [...] »

Playing History

Board games preserve the past in squares, paper money, and toy tokens. [...] »

First Ladies' Firsts

What about the other occupants of the White House?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
photographic print, Second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 1945 August, LOC

Controversial issues are often simplified in textbooks. Discover the facts [...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

Causing the Civil War
Postcard, Train Load of Cotton for Export, South, 1902-1903, NYPL

Did King Cotton cause the Civil War? Or should you look further?

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National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Air and Space Museum
Cigarette card, Imaginary A plane, c. 1957-1958, NYPL Digital Gallery

Fly me to the moon became a famous Frank Sinatra line. NASA also made this a [...] »

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

Federal Judiciary

Can’t tell an affadavit from an acquittal? Learn the legal lingo.

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East St. Louis Massacre

Raising "the terrible weapon of self-defense" during riots in 1917 Illinois [...] »