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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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American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
Map, Indian Reservations within the limits of the US, 1890, US Census Office.

Documents the lives of Native Americans in the Northwest Coast and Plateau [...] »

Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
Photo, Gun and Tarantino, February 12, 2006, Sir Mildred Pierce, Flickr

Do you think armed resistance is a justifiable reaction to racism? Explore [...] »

North American Slave Narratives, Beginnings to 1920
Illustration, THE QUIET, DIM-LIGHTED ROOM..., 1914, Grace E. King, L. Graham Co.

Explore all of the known published slave narratives, to better understand [...] »

History Quiz

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Which Witch?

Words constantly evolve and change over time. What did "witch" mean to these [...] »

As American as Mom…

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

New World Wonders

How did explorers describe the plants and animals they discovered in America [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Architect of the Capitol

What do our buildings tell us about ourselves? Take a spin around this [...] »

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Commemorate the lives of the millions of people murdered during the [...] »

Presidents of the United States

The White House offers historic photos and biographies of its past and [...] »

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Black Confederates

Most African Americans (free or slaves) never joined the ranks of the [...] »