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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First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
Image, First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820.

Explore sources from the mid-18th-to-early-19th-century European migration [...] »

Emma Spaulding Bryant Letters
Letter, August 6, 1873, Emma Spaulding Bryant, Duke University

Explore husband-wife relationships through this late 19th century series of [...] »

Medicine in the Americas, 1619-1914
Poster, Ayer's pills. Best family medicine, 1895-1917, New York Public Library

Access works on medicine and health by Clara Barton, Benjamin Coleman, [...] »

History Quiz

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Presidents Day: Growing Up to Be President

Even American presidents were babies once!

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Women's History Month: Picturing Pocahontas

What do you picture when you hear her name?

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First Ladies' Firsts

What about the other occupants of the White House?

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Beyond the Textbook

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Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

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 [...] »

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? [...] »

National Resources

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National Atlas

Explore maps that enable you to better understand the country that you live [...] »

U.S. Coast Guard
Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters?

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U.S. Marine Corps

Why are the Marines known as "America's 911 Force"? Explore this division of [...] »

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Jefferson versus Hamilton
Democratic reformers in search of a head, Currier and Ives print, 1876

Their differing philosophies of government set the stage for the permanent [...] »