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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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Website Reviews

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The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The 40th Anniversary
CIA reference photograph of Soviet cruise missile. . . , NSA

For your eyes only: photos and previously classified Cold War documents.

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Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History through Family Papers
Detail, homepage

Experience Caucasian, middle-class Northeastern life through the collections [...] »

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936

This collection captures natural environments, ecologies, and plant [...] »

History Quiz

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Advice for Beachgoers

Long before sunblock, boogie boards, or bikinis...did ladies wear corsets to [...] »

History of Hidden Killers: Epidemics in America

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

Memorial Day: The Poppy Puzzle

Do you know the history of this symbol?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Postal Museum
Ink on paper, Kodak advertisement, c. 1942, National Postal Museum

When going postal is actually a good thing! Explore the Museum's extensive [...] »

U.S. Fire Administration
Photo, Angel Island Fire, Behind Alcatraz, October 12, 2008, LeeLeFever, Flickr

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

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Federal Judicial Center
Photo, Harry Anstead. . . , 2000, Newhall Photography, Flickr Commons

The Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency for federal [...] »

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Historians Defined
Photo, Historian, February 24, 2007, Mr. Ducke, Flickr

What, precisely, makes a historian, and what do they do?

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