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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Virtual Jamestown

Experience firsthand accounts of Jamestown and colonial history, dating from [...] »

Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
Photo, Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, faces..., June 27 1961, LoC.

View the mid-20th-century art scene through the photographs of music and [...] »

Through Our Parent's Eyes: Tucson's Diverse Community

Learn about the ethnically diverse history of Tucson, AZ.

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Textbook Twisters: Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the greatest conflicts between the US [...] »

Manias of the Gilded Age

Fads, crotchets, crazes, rages, and cultural fevers. Test your knowledge of [...] »

Constitution Day Count

How does the Constitution measure up to other important documents in U.S. [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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U.S. Air Force

From pilots to shuttle central command, how does the Air Force fulfill its [...] »

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Screenshot, "U.S. History Topics," Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

More than 1,600 learning resources from the federal government sorted by [...] »

Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

American art makes the interpretive nature of historical knowledge clear. [...] »

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Forty Acres and a Mule
Charleston in ruins 1865, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The origin of the "Sherman Reservation" in Special Field Order No. 15, by [...] »