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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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Website Reviews

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WPA Life Histories, Virginia Interviews

Explore Depression-era, ex-slave, and urban youth life stories.

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An American Family: The Beecher Tradition
Picture of the Beecher family c.1850. Taken by Mathew Brady, New York.

Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe's family was also involved in [...] »

The American 1890s
Photo, Armande Cassive, 1890s, Reutlinger, New York Public Library

Explore a unique website dedicated to American history during the 1890s.

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History Quiz

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Food 50 Years Ago

Is your favorite food a recent invention?

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Remembering All Veterans

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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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 [...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

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
Preserve America

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

National Portrait Gallery

Allow students to "meet" their favorite historical figures.

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U.S. Postal Service
Photo, City Carrier, 1975, United States Postal Service

Come rain or shine, the mail must go through, bringing information and [...] »

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

Economic policy during the Reagan Administration

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