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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Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

What was life like for the African American pilots of World War II?

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American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
Photograph, Harry and Beatrice Houdini with the Welsh..., 1895, McManus-Young.

Follows the development of popular entertainment forms from the 1870s to the [...] »

Magic, Illusion, and Detection in Turn of the Century America
Photo, New York City Police Dept. activities, c.1908, Library of Congress

Learn about American culture at the turn of the 20th century.

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History Quiz

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Veterans Day: Medals and Merit

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

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African American History Month: Civil Rights Worldwide

These African American civil rights activists affected more than the U.S. [...] »

The Big Picture: Match the Ad to the Year

Be it the radio or the television, the slogans related to popular or [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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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The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
photographic print, Second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 1945 August, LOC

Controversial issues are often simplified in textbooks. Discover the facts [...] »

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

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National Atlas

Explore maps that enable you to better understand the country that you live [...] »

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

How did recreational drug use grow into a U.S. drug culture? How did it [...] »

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Begging Leave to Inform the Publick
Begging leave to inform the publick

Ads that were revolutionary ... or not. What products could be sold during [...] »