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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New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Photograph, Henry Street, Manhattan, Nov. 29 1935, Berenice Abbott, Changing NY.

Presents more than 550,000 images relevant to both U.S. and world history, [...] »

Hiroshima Peace Site
Photo, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 10, cmbjn843, Flickr

Learn about Hiroshima and the history of nuclear warfare and non- [...] »

Virginia Memory

Are you a Virginia educator teaching VA state history? My your task easy! [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Which Witch?

Words constantly evolve and change over time. What did "witch" mean to these [...] »

Textbook Twisters: Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the greatest conflicts between the US [...] »

Stumbling Down the Road to Health

It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . which “healthful” ingredients [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

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. [...] »

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, [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Museum of Natural History
Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology [...] »

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Photo, Kids watching rockets at the Summer Adventure, LANL site

Follow the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the protection [...] »

Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA regulates air safety and influences the development of civil [...] »

Ask a Historian

Is the Story of George Washington and the Colt a True Story?
Washington and the colt from True Stories of Great Americans

Is it all right to make up stories about real people to teach children about [...] »