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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The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

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Presidential Recording Program

Offers over 2,500 hours of White House recordings by six American presidents [...] »

University of California History Digital Archives

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A Hoax Provokes Folks: Why Lie?

Peruse the news, but beware hot air? Examine famous U.S. hoaxes.

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The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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The Garden of Infants

Kindergarten came to America in the 19th century on a wave of German [...] »

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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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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 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 [...] »

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U.S. Department of Education

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National Atlas

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Military History
Photo, The Five of Hearts - Renault. . . , U.S. Army Center of Military History

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The Auto Industry Goes to War
Ford Sedan, 1942 model year

Domestic automotive manufacturing took a back seat to military transport [...] »