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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Discovery and Exploration [Maps]
Map, Americae sive qvartae orbis partis nova et..., 1562, D. Gutierrez, LoC.

A collection of maps which chronicle the age of European discovery.

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PhilaPlace
Photo, Chris Place, January 6, 2006, eTombotron, Flickr

Pennsylvania educators, or teaching urban history? Explore two neighborhoods [...] »

History Quiz

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A Symbol of Friendship

The cherry trees in Washington, DC were a gift from Japan. What does their [...] »

American Myths: Popular Music

Each song has a story. What inspired it? When was it made? By whom?

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Baseball in Black and White

Baseball might be America's favorite past time, but it has not always been [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

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? [...] »

Huey Long
Stereograph, U.S. Senator Huey Long, c.1933, Keystone View Company

How exactly did U.S. Senator Huey Long intend to end poverty across the U.S [...] »

National Resources

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Federal Judicial Center
Photo, Harry Anstead. . . , 2000, Newhall Photography, Flickr Commons

The Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency for federal [...] »

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Are you a special education educator? Teach in an inclusive classroom?

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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 [...] »

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U.S. Naval Power, 1775-1815
Print, Decatur's conflict with Algerine at Tripoli, 1877, Alonzo Chappel, NYPL

Believe it or not, the U.S. wasn't always particularly supportive of [...] »