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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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African American Women
Life story, Elizabeth Johnson Harris, Duke University

Read the memoirs and letters of three 19th-century African American women on [...] »

Historical Map and Chart Collection

Teaching exploration? Why not introduce your students to nautical charts? [...] »

Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
Photo, Saturday afternoon in Franklin, Ga, Apr-May, 1941, Jack Delano, LoC.

Read the life histories of a range of U.S. citizens, compiled by the WPA's [...] »

History Quiz

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Women's History Month: Picturing Pocahontas

What do you picture when you hear her name?

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Close Up on Hispanic American Heritage

Take a look at these fragments from U.S. history. What are they? Where do [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

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 [...] »

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? [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Endowment for the Arts

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

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, the nation's [...] »

National Museum of African American History and Culture

What does it mean to be an American? Answer this question through the lens [...] »

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Great Expectations for the Civil War
Gelatin silver print, Hine, Lewis Wickes,Hitching Up the Team, NY Public Library

Many believed the Civil War would be a short, bloodless battle. The reality [...] »