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
History Explorer

The Smithsonian offers rich resources for teachers, but tracking them down [...] »

NativeWeb: Resources for Indigneous Cultures Around the World
Photo, On the Reservation, March 19, 2009, matsubatsu, Flickr

A unique website designed to foster communication regarding all of the [...] »

Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research

An impressive gateway site for all humanities subjects.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Memorial Day: The Poppy Puzzle

Do you know the history of this symbol?

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History of Hidden Killers: Epidemics in America

Wherever people go, disease is sure to follow. Answer these questions about [...] »

Celebrate More Than St. Patrick

The Irish contributed more to the U.S. than shamrocks and folktales.

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era
Photographic Print, Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 May 1, L

The historical impact young girls had on the Progressive Era is often [...] »

Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

Tried and executed in 1822, along with many other slaves, for a plotted [...] »

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
Central Intelligence Agency
Glass negative, "Belle Boyd," Confederate spy, Between 1855 and 1865, LoC

You've seen spy movies, but what is the real history of U.S. [...] »

National Archives and Records Administration
Letter, . . . Flag Design Suggestion, 10/1958, Sheryl Byland, NARA

With more than 10 billion items addressing U.S. history, you're bound to [...] »

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Design embodies both artistic ingenuity and responses to everyday problems [...] »

Ask a Historian

Everyday Life in the 19th Century
Winslow Homer, The New Novel, 1877

Wandering through time into our ancestors' attic.

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