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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Illinois Digital Archives
Photo negative, Playing with the pet cat, Dec 1942, Jack Delano, LOC

Primary sources on Illinois history with an emphasis on residential and [...] »

New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
Photographic print, Tennis skirts, 1919, Picture Collection Online.

Support visual learners with a selection of more than 30,000 historical [...] »

DocsTeach
Screenshot, The Settlement of the American West, DocsTeach

Team up with the National Archives and Records Administration to bring [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Historical Improbabilities

Truth is stranger than fiction, they say. Can you tell the difference?

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America's Love for the Automobile

An Exciting Whiff of Danger or La Belle Dame sans Merci?

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Practicing Medicine on the Presidents

When the presidents' maladies threatened to affect their performance.

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

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. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Looking for a way to fund graduate education related to teaching the U.S. [...] »

National Institute for Literacy
Photo, "Artis struisvogel leest krant van oppasser,"1951, Flickr Commons

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Try incorporating literacy [...] »

Ask a Historian

Spain in the American Revolution
Battle of Pensacola

The enemy of my enemy is my friend—what was Spain's role (and motivation) in [...] »