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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Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Harned Walt Whitman Collection

Experience personal accounts of Civil War hospitals and read poetry drafts [...] »

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Digital Archives
Photograph, Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum.

Photographs, audio clips, documents, and more preserve the presidency of [...] »

The History of Sanitary Sewers

Few engineering feats are so overlooked by history as the creation of sewers [...] »

History Quiz

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Playing History

Board games preserve the past in squares, paper money, and toy tokens. [...] »

Give Me (Nuclear) Shelter

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

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The Ice Cream Wars

Was there conflict in the past over one of our favorite summer treats?

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The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

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 [...] »

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National Institute for Literacy
Photo, "Artis struisvogel leest krant van oppasser,"1951, Flickr Commons

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Try incorporating literacy [...] »

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 [...] »

Preserve America

Preserve America is a White House initiative uniting the work of 11 federal [...] »

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All Wrapped Up in the Flag
weisgerber painting

Flinging the first American flag to the breeze.

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