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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Turning Points in Wisconsin History
Photo, Capitol. . . , before 1898, John B. Winslow, Wisconsin Historical Society

Primary documents, background information, and lesson plans for Wisconsin [...] »

Selling the Computer Revolution: Marketing Brochures in the Collection

Presents more than 250 computer marketing brochures from 1948 to 1988.

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Investigating the Vietnam War

A good starting point for student research regarding the Vietnam War and its [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
A-mouldering in the Grave

"John Brown's Body" keeps reappearing. What do you know about the song?

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Alien Invasions

For each pair of animal and plant species, identify the one that is not [...] »

Memorializing Memorials

How do we relate to national memorials? Photographs can show us how we want [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

U.S. Fire Administration
Photo, Angel Island Fire, Behind Alcatraz, October 12, 2008, LeeLeFever, Flickr

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

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U.S. Postal Service
Photo, City Carrier, 1975, United States Postal Service

Come rain or shine, the mail must go through, bringing information and [...] »

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Tennessee's Social Studies Curriculum
Photo, "Salvage. . . ," Howard Liberman, 1942, NY Public Library

Standardization is a fairly new concept in education.

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