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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Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

How can you incorporate digital technology into your teaching, study, or [...] »

Legal Information Institute: Supreme Court Collection
Image, Supreme Court Building at night, Supreme Court of the United States.

Decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court change history—explore historical [...] »

Do History: Martha Ballard's Diary Online
Color engraving, A View of Hallowell, 1878, A. Ruger, Madison, WI: J.J. Stone.

Explore the diary of midwife Martha Ballard and the creation of two modern [...] »

History Quiz

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Socks to War

Even humble, everyday artifacts have a rich place in history.

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Reading Photographs: MacArthur and Hirohito

How would you have planned this photograph if you were General MacArthur? [...] »

Who Won the War (of 1812)?

How do textbooks from different countries treat the War of 1812?

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Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

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

National Resources

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

How did recreational drug use grow into a U.S. drug culture? How did it [...] »

National Museum of African American History and Culture

What does it mean to be an American? Answer this question through the lens [...] »

Federal Judicial Center
Photo, Harry Anstead. . . , 2000, Newhall Photography, Flickr Commons

The Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency for federal [...] »