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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Gilded Age Plains City
Document, Verdict of Jury, 29 May, 1891, Nebraska State Historical Society

Delve into Great Plains urban development c. 1900 by way of a compelling, [...] »

Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923
Poster, Ringling Bros presenting Schuman's.., 1909, Strobridge Litho Co., NY Lib

Browse primary sources reflecting the performing arts of the late 19th and [...] »

The American Colonist's Library

This extensive database contains influential documents and literature [...] »

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War of Invaders

What do these biased narratives of the French and Indian War tell us?

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American Myths: Christopher Columbus

In 1492, what did Columbus really do?

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The Garden of Infants

Kindergarten came to America in the 19th century on a wave of German [...] »

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Slavery
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. [...] »

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 [...] »

Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era
Photographic Print, Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 May 1, L

The historical impact young girls had on the Progressive Era is often [...] »

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U.S. Mint

A magician may be able to pull coins out of thin air, but most of us can't [...] »

National Institutes of Health
Photo, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 1960-1980, Office of History, NIH

Repository for the history of the federal agency, medical profession, and [...] »

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Official poster, Veterans Day, 2008, United Staes Department of Veteran Affairs

Learn about the men who fought for American ideals and survived.

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On Telegrams and Telephone Calls
Detail of Wallace for President poster, 1968

On the record and off the record communications between Washington and [...] »