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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Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

Explore the significance of religion in early American history and its [...] »

Dolley Madison Project

Read the letters of Dolley Madison while learning about her life—from [...] »

Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Compare Republican and Democrat accounts of the great debates.

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History Quiz

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Past Rebel Lines

Benedict Arnold wasn't the only spy in the American Revolution. Take this [...] »

Black Days in the Market

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 opened the curtain on the Great Depression. [...] »

Textbook Twisters: Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the greatest conflicts between the US [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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, [...] »

The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
photographic print, Second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 1945 August, LOC

Controversial issues are often simplified in textbooks. Discover the facts [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Museum of American History

See our history come to life within the expansive exhibits and educational [...] »

Government Printing Office
Photo, Headlines posted in street. . , 1940, Jack Delano, Flickr Commons

GPO is the Federal Government's resource for preserving and providing access [...] »

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Official poster, Veterans Day, 2008, United Staes Department of Veteran Affairs

Learn about the men who fought for American ideals and survived.

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Tennessee's Social Studies Curriculum
Photo, "Salvage. . . ," Howard Liberman, 1942, NY Public Library

Standardization is a fairly new concept in education.

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