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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The Irving Fine Collection, Ca. 1914-1962
Irving Fine, Leonard Bernstein, others. 1946. LOC

Experience the life and works of lesser known American classical composer [...] »

David Rumsey Map Collection
Print, Panorama From Point Sublime, 1882, J. Bien, David Rumsey Historical Maps

More than 15,800 rare historical maps focus on North and South America.

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Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project
Photograph, Robert McCollum  and two service friends in uniform, Burma, LoC.

Presents video and audio oral histories and additional material from [...] »

History Quiz

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As American as Mom…

You know Mother's Day is all about mom, but do you know the history of the [...] »

Spot the President: Presidential Campaign Ads

Decide whether these statements on the more-than-50-year-old tradition of [...] »

Practicing Medicine on the Presidents

When the presidents' maladies threatened to affect their performance.

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Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

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. Secret Service

How did the Secret Service begin protecting our leaders and solving crimes [...] »

Students Abroad

If you're lucky enough to be able to arrange an international trip, know [...] »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo, Barking Frog, Mark A. Musselman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The government acts for fauna as well as society. When did this start? Why [...] »

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Freedom and the National Debt
1837 mock bank note

Old Hickory's hard currency—what are useful focal points in Jacksonian-era [...] »