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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University of Washington Libraries: Moving Image Collection

Northwest educators—need some unconventional primary sources? Check out 65 [...] »

Madison: Celebrating 150 Years
Photo, Street Carnival, 1902, William G. Barckhan, Madison. . . site

Learn about Madison, WI, from early settlement through its time as the " [...] »

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The 40th Anniversary
CIA reference photograph of Soviet cruise missile. . . , NSA

For your eyes only: photos and previously classified Cold War documents.

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History Quiz

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Dueling Logic

Pistols at noon, or handbags at dawn? Decode the Code of Honor by answering [...] »

Memorial Day: The Poppy Puzzle

Do you know the history of this symbol?

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Carriages and Wagons

Trade in your old Cabriolet for a new 1876 Landau? Test your knowledge of [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
Federal Reserve Board

The economy's on everyone's mind. Take advantage of that fact to teach a bit [...] »

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

How did recreational drug use grow into a U.S. drug culture? How did it [...] »

National Museum of Natural History
Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology [...] »

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Manifest Destiny: Creating an American Identity
chromolithograph, American Progress, c1873, George A. Crofutt, LOC

Discover how the concept of a "Manifest Destiny" shaped American perceptions [...] »