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

Find quality websites & primary sources
19th Century Advertising, Harper's Weekly
Teresa Bagioli Sickles confession, 1859

Can I interest you in a metallic artificial leg?

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The Texas Constitutions Digitization Project

When was Texas part of Mexico? The U.S.? Separate?

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Prosperity and Thrift: Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy

An array of primary sources follows the rise of the consumer economy under [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Back to the Future . . .

In the year 1900, what did Americans think the next century would bring?

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Presidential Moments: Inaugural Addresses

Can you match these famous first words with their presidential speakers?

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As American as Mom…

You know Mother's Day is all about mom, but do you know the history of the [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

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. [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Portrait Gallery

Allow students to "meet" their favorite historical figures.

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National Museum of African Art

Approach African American history and culture through African art.

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Indian Health Service
Photo, "Baby being weighed by nurse," IHS, 1887-1969, Dept. of Health

Disease ravaged colonial-era Native American populations. What health [...] »

Ask a Historian

Voting Rights and the 14th Amendment
Boston voter besieged by ward heelers

How did women suffer no suffrage through the 14th Amendment?

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