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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ExplorePAhistory
early classroom in Pennsylvania

Explore this education- and tourism-centered website for lesson plans for [...] »

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Photo, casino! las vegas, April 14, 2005, tricky ™, Flickr, creative commons

Why is Las Vegas one of the world's most popular destinations? How has it [...] »

Virginia Historical Inventory (VHI)

View Virginia's antebellum architectural culture.

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History Quiz

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In Our Own Time: Native American Timekeeping

Pre-Columbian calendars were very different from the ones we use today. Are [...] »

Reading Photographs: A Dusty Street

When and where was this photo taken? See what clues you can spot!

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Who Won the War (of 1812)?

How do textbooks from different countries treat the War of 1812?

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Beyond the Textbook

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Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

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 [...] »

Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

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U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk

A comprehensive current and historical look at this legislative body and its [...] »

National Institutes of Health
Photo, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 1960-1980, Office of History, NIH

Repository for the history of the federal agency, medical profession, and [...] »

Federal Judiciary

Can’t tell an affadavit from an acquittal? Learn the legal lingo.

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Diversity in the 1920s

Segregation and equality in America was a case of double standards.

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