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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Walt Whitman Archive
Daguerreotype, Walt Whitman, c. 1854, New York Public Library, Walt. . . site

Get to know the life, mind, works, and criticisms of poet Walt Whitman.

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A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment
Photo, . . . Tilton, Arthur and Clarinda Emiline Reynolds, undated, LoC

Follow Capt. Reynold's life, from childhood photos to his stint as a Union [...] »

MNopedia
Photo, Man with bicycle, c. 1895, Guy M. Baltuff, Minnesota Historical Society

For all of your questions concerning the "star of the north," Minnesota.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Stamping Out Free Speech?

The Stamp Act of 1765 had colonists crying foul. Answer these questions [...] »

Manias of the Gilded Age

Fads, crotchets, crazes, rages, and cultural fevers. Test your knowledge of [...] »

In Dr. King's Words

People can identify (some of) the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Can you [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

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 [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Photo, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?...

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National Center for Education Statistics
Marginalia, CHNM

Ever wondered about the numbers behind the latest teaching trends?

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National Park Service
Screencapture, FDR Memorial, National Park Service homepage

Lesson plans, essays, multimedia, activities, and artifacts of U.S. heritage [...] »

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Manifest Destiny: Creating an American Identity
chromolithograph, American Progress, c1873, George A. Crofutt, LOC

Discover how the concept of a "Manifest Destiny" shaped American perceptions [...] »