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.

FIND OUT MORE »

Website Reviews

Find quality websites & primary sources
Digital Scriptorium

12 collections provide primary sources on ads, health and medicine, the [...] »

Literature and Culture of the American 1950s
Graffiti, Go by John Clellon Holmes, 1952, Brian Zimmerman, Al Filreis.

Explore the cultural, intellectual, and political trends of the 1950s in a [...] »

American Civil War Manuscript Guides
Photo. Capt. Benjamin Prouty, Capt. Gustavus S. Dana, and Capt. Klein. VA Tech

Through these writings, you can see how soldiers saw themselves as actors in [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
The Many Roots of African American Cooking

Africa, Europe, and North America—mix, and serve. Explore the foods that [...] »

Veterans Day: Medals and Merit

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

[...] »
Plays You Won't See in the Superbowl

Football has always been a great American sport, but how much do you know [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Causing the Civil War
Postcard, Train Load of Cotton for Export, South, 1902-1903, NYPL

Did King Cotton cause the Civil War? Or should you look further?

[...] »
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? [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

[...] »
National Museum of American History

See our history come to life within the expansive exhibits and educational [...] »

Presidents of the United States

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

Ask a Historian

The Possible Path of Barnard Bee
Digital image, Carol Highsmith, Confederates Marching, Library of Congress, 2010

Examination of counterfactual questions and how they are used in historical [...] »