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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Fly Girls
Image, American Experience: Fly Girls, PBS.

Explore the experiences of World War II's Women Airforce Service Pilots ( [...] »

19th Century Advertising, Harper's Weekly
Teresa Bagioli Sickles confession, 1859

Can I interest you in a metallic artificial leg?

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Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

Do films capture your students' attention? Introduce them to Roosevelt in [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Presidential Valentines

The politics of love—answer these questions about valentines to and from U.S [...] »

Give Me (Nuclear) Shelter

How much do you know about these iconic emblems of Cold War fears?

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Baseball in Black and White

Baseball might be America's favorite past time, but it has not always been [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo, Barking Frog, Mark A. Musselman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The government acts for fauna as well as society. When did this start? Why [...] »

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 [...] »

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"Join or Die"
Young Benjamin Franklin at his printing press

Think the "Join or Die" snake first appeared during the American Revolution [...] »