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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American Journeys
Engraving, Horse Racing of Sioux Indians..., 1804-1806, Original Lewis and Clark

Firsthand accounts of exploration range from Viking stories to early 19th- [...] »

Internet Moving Images Archive
Still, Merrie Melodies: Falling Hare, 1943, R. Clampett, Film Chest Vintage...

Reproduces a privately held collection of American ephemeral films produced [...] »

Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

Learn about life in the Big Coal River Valley in West Virginia.

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History Quiz

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Back to the Future . . .

In the year 1900, what did Americans think the next century would bring?

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Presidents Day: Growing Up to Be President

Even American presidents were babies once!

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Classroom Glory

Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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 [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

National Resources

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, the nation's [...] »

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

National Museum of Natural History
Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology [...] »

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Breaking the Confederate Line at Antietam
Litho., Lincoln and McClellan, Brady National Photographic Art Gallery, 1862.

Hour by hour account of how Union Generals moved on the battlefield at [...] »