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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WWW-Virtual Library, History Central Catalogue

This large gateway site provides a starting point for any and all historical [...] »

The Barbara McClintock Papers

Meet Barbara McClintock, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist best known for [...] »

Illinois Digital Archives
Photo negative, Playing with the pet cat, Dec 1942, Jack Delano, LOC

Primary sources on Illinois history with an emphasis on residential and [...] »

History Quiz

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Yo, Ho, Ho and a . . . Bushel of Oysters?

Shellfish pirates stole from the rich to feed themselves—and make a little [...] »

Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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American Personalities: Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty

Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty are popular American icons. How much do you know [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

Huey Long
Stereograph, U.S. Senator Huey Long, c.1933, Keystone View Company

How exactly did U.S. Senator Huey Long intend to end poverty across the U.S [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Looking for a way to fund graduate education related to teaching the U.S. [...] »

Preserve America

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

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 [...] »

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Black Confederates

Most African Americans (free or slaves) never joined the ranks of the [...] »