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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Nixon and Sports
Photograph, Nixon and the Longhorns, ca. 1969, Nixon and Sports Images.

Explore the relationship between Nixon's love of sports and his actions as [...] »

The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

Archives audio files of more than 700 folk tunes recorded in the South in [...] »

National Election Studies
Graph, Toward a New Generation of..., 2007, S. Althaus and D. Tewksbury, ANES.

Search data from surveys of the American electorate conducted in [...] »

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Textbook Twisters: Salem Witch Trials

Burn the witch! Discover how historical coverage of the Salem Witch Trials [...] »

Exploration and Innovation

Crossing vast oceans required specialized tools and knowledge. Discover more [...] »

Reading Photographs: MacArthur and Hirohito

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

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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 [...] »

The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

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 [...] »

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Team Ships

Learn the basic steps to building and commissioning a Navy vessel.

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Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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

National Portrait Gallery

Allow students to "meet" their favorite historical figures.

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John Adams: Great or Not?
Coin, Presidential $1 Coin for John Adams, 2007, United States Mint

What does historical "greatness" mean, anyway?

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