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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History of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Photo, Bridge midsection crashing into, Nov. 7 1940, Bashford & Thompson, UW, SC

Follow the history of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, from its completion in 1938 [...] »

The Jewish Americans
Being Jewish in modern America

This site, produced by PBS, uses multiple resources to examine the history [...] »

Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson
Photo, Southeast Piazza from.., 1999, R. Lautman, Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Have you ever wondered how Thomas Jefferson spent his days?

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History Quiz

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Reading Photographs: MacArthur and Hirohito

How would you have planned this photograph if you were General MacArthur? [...] »

Riding the Rails

How many cows could a cowcatcher catch, if a cowcatcher could catch cows? [...] »

The Blue and the Grey (and Red and Green and Yellow)

What do you think Civil War uniforms looked like? They varied more than you [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Jim Crow Segregation: The Difficult and Anti-Democratic Work of White Supremacy
Print, For the Sunny South. An Airship. . . , 1913, Library of Congress

The fight against segregation and its discriminatory practices does not [...] »

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 [...] »

John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Central Intelligence Agency
Glass negative, "Belle Boyd," Confederate spy, Between 1855 and 1865, LoC

You've seen spy movies, but what is the real history of U.S. [...] »

National Air and Space Museum
Cigarette card, Imaginary A plane, c. 1957-1958, NYPL Digital Gallery

Fly me to the moon became a famous Frank Sinatra line. NASA also made this a [...] »

Smithsonian
Negative, Dinsmore, Frances. Of Smithsonian. . . , 1915, Harris & Ewing, LoC

What can 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo offer your [...] »

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Home Sales During the Great Depression
Family and their home in Hooverville, Ohio 1937, Library of Congress

Building an edifice of statistics—where can you learn about the real estate [...] »