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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Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
Photo, Carolyn Reese teaches Freedom School class(2), 1964, Herbert Randall...

150 oral history interviews and 16 collections of documents address the [...] »

EDSITEment
Print, Common Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), 1837, John Gould, NYPL

EDSITEment: A portal for fun historical learning from grades K-12.

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Crisis at Fort Sumter
Drawing, Fort Sumter, 1864, John Ross Key, LoC

Work through the Fort Sumter crises alongside our nation's leaders.

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History Quiz

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Theatre of the People

Through performing art, U.S. minorities assert their identities. Answer [...] »

Carriages and Wagons

Trade in your old Cabriolet for a new 1876 Landau? Test your knowledge of [...] »

Riding the Rails

How many cows could a cowcatcher catch, if a cowcatcher could catch cows? [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

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

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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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 [...] »

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Photo, Russ Hopcroft, from the University . . . , 2002, Ian MacDonald, NOAA

Explore the history of science and technology, maritime history, and the [...] »

Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA regulates air safety and influences the development of civil [...] »

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Stonewall Jackson and the Battle of Chancellorsville
woods blown apart by artillery fire at Chancellorsville

The Confederate battle plan at Chancellorsville was extraordinarily daring [...] »