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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National Geographic Online: The Underground Railroad

Would you have survived along the Underground Railroad?

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Max Hunter Folk Song Collection
Photo. [Grady, right, and Chris Thompson of The Good Guys performing. Flickr

A top notch concept: combining traveling sales with anthropological [...] »

Thomas A. Edison Papers

A vast database of Thomas Edison's papers, including correspondence, [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Who Won the War (of 1812)?

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

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Voices in the Whirlwind

To each prophet, a certain way of speaking. Match civil rights leaders with [...] »

Victory Vegetables

WWII Victory Gardens allowed citizens to raise food...and wage war!

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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. [...] »

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 [...] »

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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National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Federal Reserve Board

The economy's on everyone's mind. Take advantage of that fact to teach a bit [...] »

U.S. Army
Photo, The 101st Airborne troops move out of Bastogne. . . , 1944, U.S. Army

Increase your knowledge of the people, past, and technology of the United [...] »

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Modern art isn't impossible to understand. Approach it as the product of its [...] »

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What If...?: Reexamining the American Revolution
Photography, Redcoats & Rebels Revolutionary War Reenactment, 6 Aug 2010, Lee Wr

How different would "the United States of America" be if the British had won [...] »