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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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Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930
Photo, 2nd Illinois Field Artillery during strike, 1917

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American State Papers, 1789-1838
Documents, The Alien Act, July 6, 1798, National Archives

Access Congressional documents from the first 25 Congresses.

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Throughout the Ages
Photo, Two men fill milk bottles at a creamery, 1920, New York State Archives

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Teaching the 20th

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Sand, Sea, and Oil: Operation Desert Storm

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Commemorate the lives of the millions of people murdered during the [...] »

National Endowment for the Arts

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment [...] »

Presidents of the United States

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The Fighting Canadiens
Print, Battle of Blue Licks, 1859, NYPL Digital Gallery

Discover how French Canadians reacted to the American Revolution.

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