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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African-American Perspectives: Pamphlets from 1818-1907
Wood engraving, American Sketches:..., Nov. 18, 1876, Illustrated London News.

Pamphlets and documents from 1875 to 1900 highlight African American leaders [...] »

Slavery in New York

Nine galleries explore the history of slavery in New York City.

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Nixon Tapes
Photo, President Nixon (right) meets with staff, 1970, Nixon Library, NARA.

What was the nature of Nixon and Echeverria's political relationship?

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History Quiz

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Reading a Cartoon: Massive Resistance

What do the objects in this 1954 editorial cartoon stand for?

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Columbus Day: Stories of Exploration

Which tales of daring exploration do you believe?

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Discovering Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus—a legend without a face? Answer these questions about [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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National Museum of Natural History
Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology [...] »

U.S. Fire Administration
Photo, Angel Island Fire, Behind Alcatraz, October 12, 2008, LeeLeFever, Flickr

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

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Federal Reserve Board

The economy's on everyone's mind. Take advantage of that fact to teach a bit [...] »

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Iroquois and the Founding Fathers
Iroquois Indians, Montreal, 1891, New York Public Library.

Historians argue over whether the Founding Fathers' knowledge of Native [...] »