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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Gettysburg National Military Park: Camp Life
Photo, Domino Set, Gettysburg National Military Park

What did soldiers do between battles? Sometimes, fought off boredom!

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The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s
Circular advertising the Chicago Hot Shots. . . , Page 2, The Blues. . . site

How was the community support for and operation of Southern African American [...] »

National Security Archives: The Pentagon's Spies
Paul H. Nitze, "Instructions for the coordination"

James Bond, anyone? Delve into the States' history of espionage.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Close Up on Hispanic American Heritage

Take a look at these fragments from U.S. history. What are they? Where do [...] »

Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Who Won the War (of 1812)?

How do textbooks from different countries treat the War of 1812?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

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 [...] »

John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

National Resources

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Mine Safety and Health Administration
Photo, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?...

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Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

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

Students Abroad

If you're lucky enough to be able to arrange an international trip, know [...] »

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Friendly Fire
battleship firing

Fratricide and allied questions. In the heat of battle, mistakes happen.

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