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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Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles Collection
The Duke of York, from Rare Pictures. . . , 1914, Wisconsin Historical Society

Search Wisconsin newspapers mainly from 1860 through 1940.

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The Mercury Theater on the Air

Visit this sound archive to listen to all Mercury Theatre on the Air [...] »

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
Image, The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, 2008, George Washington University.

Primary source documents including 8,000 newspaper columns and lesson plans [...] »

History Quiz

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The Art of Migration

What can artistic renderings tell us about the Great Migration?

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Vaccinations: Rites of Passage

Have you had your shots? Which childhood diseases do these public [...] »

Native American Heritage Month: Questioning Photos

Photographs capture how someone appeared at one moment in time. But who [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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Federal Highway Administration
Lithograph, Chas. H. Kabrich, c. 1896, Donaldson Litho. Co., LoC

Do you fit today's transportation norms? Do you reside in a suburb or a city [...] »

Smithsonian
Negative, Dinsmore, Frances. Of Smithsonian. . . , 1915, Harris & Ewing, LoC

What can 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo offer your [...] »

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Graph, "Sentences for those convicted in federal court," BJS

Everyday you read about local crime in the newspaper, but are the rates [...] »

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With or Without Slavery?
Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Free Soiler, 1856

Forcing the issue in Bleeding Kansas. The Lecompton Constitution, slavery, [...] »