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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Library of Southern Literature
Mark Twain, 1835-1910 Life on the Mississippi LA SALLE CANOEING

Full texts of more than 130 works of literature by more than 75 Southern [...] »

Taking the Mystery out of Copyright
Screenshot, Taking the Mystery out of Copyright

If you need a succinct copyright overview for your students, this is a place [...] »

History Quiz

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Carriages and Wagons

Trade in your old Cabriolet for a new 1876 Landau? Test your knowledge of [...] »

Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Back to School

Binders, buses, and backpacks—consider the history of these back-to-school [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era
Photographic Print, Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 May 1, L

The historical impact young girls had on the Progressive Era is often [...] »

20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Tennessee Valley Authority

Read the act that gave way to the Tennessee Valley Authority, a major New [...] »

Selective Service System
Lithograph, Don't wait for the draft--Volunteer, 1917, Library of Congress

Did you know that the draft was used in times of peace, as well as war?

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National Endowment for the Arts

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment [...] »

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The Origins of the Service Flag
Photography, Five Sullivan Brothers--They Did Their Part, c. 1941 - 1945, Wikime

Discover what the symbols on these flags stand for.

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