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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The Presidents

Profiles all 42 of the nation's completed presidencies.

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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 [...] »

Hannah Arendt Papers
Document. Essays and lectures---"The Impact of Marx,"

Do you read German? Not to worry. Select documents are available in English [...] »

History Quiz

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Playing History

Board games preserve the past in squares, paper money, and toy tokens. [...] »

Turning Turtle: Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea

The ship's on her beam-ends and all's lost! Test your knowledge of maritime [...] »

Probing Probate

How do we know what people in the past owned and valued?

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Beyond the Textbook

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Causing the Civil War
Postcard, Train Load of Cotton for Export, South, 1902-1903, NYPL

Did King Cotton cause the Civil War? Or should you look further?

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

American art makes the interpretive nature of historical knowledge clear. [...] »

U.S. Secret Service

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

Preserve America

Preserve America is a White House initiative uniting the work of 11 federal [...] »

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Laboring to Bring Forth Child Labor Statistics
watching Labor Day parade 1940

How many children were at work on the eve of World War II? What types of [...] »