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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David Rumsey Map Collection
Print, Panorama From Point Sublime, 1882, J. Bien, David Rumsey Historical Maps

More than 15,800 rare historical maps focus on North and South America.

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History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
Photograph, Barracks Door, Colored CCC, New Deal Network.

Provides links, primary sources, and eight modules for teachers and students [...] »

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

Although painful to view, racist memorabilia reminds us of past mindsets [...] »

History Quiz

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Dance, But Not That Way . . .

Do you know how to dance the Sleigh Bell Polka? Learn the proper way to [...] »

Political Animals

A menagerie of terms for politicians, parties, factions, and movements.

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Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
photographic print, Second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 1945 August, LOC

Controversial issues are often simplified in textbooks. Discover the facts [...] »

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 [...] »

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Federal Trade Commission
Woodcut, Igirisujin Yokohama. . . , 1861, Sadahide Utagawa, LoC

Keeping businesses on the straight and narrow. Discover more about the [...] »

National Postal Museum
Ink on paper, Kodak advertisement, c. 1942, National Postal Museum

When going postal is actually a good thing! Explore the Museum's extensive [...] »

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Graph, "Sentences for those convicted in federal court," BJS

Everyday you read about local crime in the newspaper, but are the rates [...] »

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The Disaster of Innovation

How the cotton gin revolutionized the use of slaves and the production of [...] »