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.


Website Reviews

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American Radicalism Collection

From the Ku Klux Klan to the IWW, examine 129 historical documents from [...] »

Center for the Study of the American South

An interesting collection of cultural resources pertaining to the American [...] »

Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project
Photo, Gas mask drill, 1952, Jackson Library, University of North Carolina

What role have women played in war and the military?

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History Quiz

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Earth Day: Lost to History

Human history affects more than human beings.

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The Art of Migration

What can artistic renderings tell us about the Great Migration?

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Selling the Dream

"Don’t Sell the Steak—Sell the Sizzle!"

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

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 [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

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

National Resources

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National Museum of the American Indian

Make sure that your students know not all Native Americans lived in tipis or [...] »

National Center for Education Statistics
Marginalia, CHNM

Ever wondered about the numbers behind the latest teaching trends?

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National Atlas

Explore maps that enable you to better understand the country that you live [...] »

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Great Expectations for the Civil War
Gelatin silver print, Hine, Lewis Wickes,Hitching Up the Team, NY Public Library

Many believed the Civil War would be a short, bloodless battle. The reality [...] »