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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The Jewish Americans
Being Jewish in modern America

This site, produced by PBS, uses multiple resources to examine the history [...] »

Women Artists of the American West

What have women artists considered worthy of depiction in the U.S. West?

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River of Song

Follow the evolution of American music along the Mississippi.

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History Quiz

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Early Telephone Etiquette

Should you leave your hat on when you talk on the telephone?

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Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Women's History Month: Picturing Pocahontas

What do you picture when you hear her name?

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Beyond the Textbook

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Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

Tried and executed in 1822, along with many other slaves, for a plotted [...] »

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 [...] »

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, [...] »

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Presidents of the United States

The White House offers historic photos and biographies of its past and [...] »

National Portrait Gallery

Allow students to "meet" their favorite historical figures.

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U.S. Secret Service

How did the Secret Service begin protecting our leaders and solving crimes [...] »

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James Madison's Failed Amendments
James Madison and broadside with proposed amendments

Apportionment in the House of Representatives and pay raises for Congress [...] »