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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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A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890

We all know the role of the wagon in westward expansion, but what of ships [...] »

A People at War
Poster, Five Sullivan Brothers. . . , 1941 - 1945, NARA

A collection of primary sources detailing the American war effort in World [...] »

HERB: Social History for Every Classroom
Illustration, Americans, all, let's fight. . ., 1943, Leon Helguera, UNT

Find a wide variety of classroom resources focused on social history, from [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Carriages and Wagons

Trade in your old Cabriolet for a new 1876 Landau? Test your knowledge of [...] »

Naming Colonial History

Everyone knows what "American Revolution" means. But can you identify these [...] »

Turkey Tracking

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular holiday [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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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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. [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Photo, Russ Hopcroft, from the University . . . , 2002, Ian MacDonald, NOAA

Explore the history of science and technology, maritime history, and the [...] »

National Center for Education Statistics
Marginalia, CHNM

Ever wondered about the numbers behind the latest teaching trends?

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National Portrait Gallery

Allow students to "meet" their favorite historical figures.

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Reagan's "Rising Tide"
uncle sam and his budget

Economic policy during the Reagan Administration

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