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

Find quality websites & primary sources
The Tax History Project

Follows the history of American taxation through a collection of primary and [...] »

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

More than 50 virtual exhibits ranging from Julia Child to West Point.

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Free Speech Movement: Student Protest, U.C. Berkeley, 1964-65
Photo, "Mario Savio Speaking at FSM Rally," Ben Ailes?, October 2, 1984

Explore primary documents concerning the Berkeley Free Speech Movement.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Fashion Maven

Do you have your mother's—and her mother's—fashion sense?

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The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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Turkey Tracking

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular holiday [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
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 [...] »

Social Security Administration

Explore both the history of the SSA itself and that of the Social Security [...] »

U.S. Air Force

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

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Protestant Immigration to Louisiana
Jackson Square, New Orleans, early 1900s

On the trail of French Calvinists—apocryphal stories and actual immigrant [...] »