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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Photo, Man with bicycle, c. 1895, Guy M. Baltuff, Minnesota Historical Society

For all of your questions concerning the "star of the north," Minnesota.

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NSA and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Provides access to facsimiles of 100 declassified documents relating to the [...] »

History of the American West, 1860-1920
Photograph, Where gold was first discovered in Colo., 1890, L.C. McClure, Denver

More than 30,000 photographs capture life in Colorado from 1860 to 1920.

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A Symbol of Friendship

The cherry trees in Washington, DC were a gift from Japan. What does their [...] »

Veterans Day: Medals and Merit

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

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The Art of Migration

What can artistic renderings tell us about the Great Migration?

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Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

Jim Crow Segregation: The Difficult and Anti-Democratic Work of White Supremacy
Print, For the Sunny South. An Airship. . . , 1913, Library of Congress

The fight against segregation and its discriminatory practices does not [...] »

Rise of the Automobile
Photo, Model A Ford in front of antique gas pumps, August 4, 2007, Flickr

Americans today take cars for granted. How did they change American life? [...] »

National Resources

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National Air and Space Museum
Cigarette card, Imaginary A plane, c. 1957-1958, NYPL Digital Gallery

Fly me to the moon became a famous Frank Sinatra line. NASA also made this a [...] »

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. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Commemorate the lives of the millions of people murdered during the [...] »

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Trailing Lewis and Clark

Spain sent several expeditions to find the Lewis and Clark Corps of [...] »