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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Crisis at Fort Sumter
Drawing, Fort Sumter, 1864, John Ross Key, LoC

Work through the Fort Sumter crises alongside our nation's leaders.

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The Great Depression to World War II: Photos from the FSA-OWI

Explore this database of over 150,000 photographs that capture the true [...] »

The 3Cities Project

Examine the nexus of representation, modernity, and urban life.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
California or Bust

Who went west when? Answer questions about migration from 1935 to 2000.

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European Explorers in North America after Columbus

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

From War to Revolution

Can you answer these questions on figures who took part in the French and [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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. [...] »

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 [...] »

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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National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Architect of the Capitol

What do our buildings tell us about ourselves? Take a spin around this [...] »

National Endowment for the Humanities

Meet the largest governmental funder of humanities programs in the U.S.

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National Center for Education Statistics
Marginalia, CHNM

Ever wondered about the numbers behind the latest teaching trends?

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Decisive Battles in the War of Independence
lithograph, The Taking of Yorktown, 1840, Turgis, LOC

What were the most important battles of the American Revolution?

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