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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Multilaterals Project
Cartoon, A study in public interest, 1920, John T. McCutcheon, LoC.

From environmental agreements to rules of warfare, read the text of [...] »

Nineteenth-century California Sheet Music
Illustrated cover, A china heart, 1899, Maribel Seymore, CA Sheet Music Project.

Scanned images from more than 2,700 pieces of sheet music provide insight [...] »

Discovery and Exploration [Maps]
Map, Americae sive qvartae orbis partis nova et..., 1562, D. Gutierrez, LoC.

A collection of maps which chronicle the age of European discovery.

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History Quiz

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A-mouldering in the Grave

"John Brown's Body" keeps reappearing. What do you know about the song?

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The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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Reading Photographs: Snow Day

When was this winter photo taken? See what clues you can spot!

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Beyond the Textbook

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Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

Tried and executed in 1822, along with many other slaves, for a plotted [...] »

Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

National Resources

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Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Design embodies both artistic ingenuity and responses to everyday problems [...] »

U.S. Mint

A magician may be able to pull coins out of thin air, but most of us can't [...] »

Federal Trade Commission
Woodcut, Igirisujin Yokohama. . . , 1861, Sadahide Utagawa, LoC

Keeping businesses on the straight and narrow. Discover more about the [...] »

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Jefferson versus Hamilton
Democratic reformers in search of a head, Currier and Ives print, 1876

Their differing philosophies of government set the stage for the permanent [...] »