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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CWIHP: Cold War International History Project
Image, CWIHP home page, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Covering 1945 through the late 1990s, sources from the former Communist bloc [...] »

Dolley Madison Digital Edition

Read Dolley Madison's personal correspondence from her youth through her [...] »

Nineteenth-Century Texas Law Online: Gammel's The Laws of Texas
Page, The Laws of Texas, 1920-21 [Vol 20], 1921, Hans P. M. Neilsen, UNT.

Delve into Texas law from early colonization through 1897.

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History Quiz

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Socks to War

Even humble, everyday artifacts have a rich place in history.

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The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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Vaccinations: Rites of Passage

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

Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

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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Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

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National Museum of African Art

Approach African American history and culture through African art.

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National Museum of the American Indian

Make sure that your students know not all Native Americans lived in tipis or [...] »

U.S. Marine Corps

Why are the Marines known as "America's 911 Force"? Explore this division of [...] »

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The "Cradle" of America?
print, Landing of Governor Wintrop at Salem, 1850, NYPL Digital Gallery

Historians often consider Puritan New England a model for the development of [...] »