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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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Photo, Dottie Schroeder, catcher, shouting play ball. . . , 1948, Flickr Commons

Explore the history of baseball and the players who made the sport great. [...] »

The Montgomery Bus Boycott: They Changed the World

How was the 1955–1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott covered in Montgomery [...] »

Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
Oil painting, Accused of Witchcraft, 1884, Douglas Volk, Corcoran Gallery.

Examine the verbatim transcripts of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.

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Riding the Rails

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

Past Rebel Lines

Benedict Arnold wasn't the only spy in the American Revolution. Take this [...] »

Early Telephone Etiquette

Should you leave your hat on when you talk on the telephone?

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Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

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. Department of Education

Use the resources offered by the Department of Education to help you become [...] »

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 [...] »

National Museum of Natural History
Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology [...] »

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John Adams: Great or Not?
Coin, Presidential $1 Coin for John Adams, 2007, United States Mint

What does historical "greatness" mean, anyway?

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