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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U.S. Women's History Workshop

A collection of primary source material for teaching women's history and mid [...] »

Still Going On: Celebrating The Life and Times of William Grant Still
Gelatin Silver, Portrait of William Grant Still, 1949, Carl Van Vechten, LoC

Learn about famous composer William Grant Still through this online exhibit [...] »

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley poster c. 1910

Annie Oakley could shoot 6 holes in a playing card before it touched ground [...] »

History Quiz

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Back to the Future . . .

In the year 1900, what did Americans think the next century would bring?

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Historical Improbabilities

Truth is stranger than fiction, they say. Can you tell the difference?

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Theatre of the People

Through performing art, U.S. minorities assert their identities. Answer [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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? [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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U.S. Fire Administration
Photo, Angel Island Fire, Behind Alcatraz, October 12, 2008, LeeLeFever, Flickr

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

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National Agricultural Statistics Service

Why did George Washington start gathering national data on agriculture?

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National Institutes of Health
Photo, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 1960-1980, Office of History, NIH

Repository for the history of the federal agency, medical profession, and [...] »

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The Disaster of Innovation

How the cotton gin revolutionized the use of slaves and the production of [...] »