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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Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

Do films capture your students' attention? Introduce them to Roosevelt in [...] »

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

A comprehensive guide consisting of over 240 primary source items detailing [...] »

Civil War Women
Pencil, Sketch of a woman's head. . . , 1864, William Winchester, NYPL

Learn about the role of three American women during the Civil War.

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History Quiz

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Stumbling Down the Road to Health

It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . which “healthful” ingredients [...] »

The Ice Cream Wars

Was there conflict in the past over one of our favorite summer treats?

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Pre-Modern Pop Music

Before "pop" music reigned supreme, jazz and ragtime amassed great public [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

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? [...] »

Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era
Photographic Print, Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 May 1, L

The historical impact young girls had on the Progressive Era is often [...] »

National Resources

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Federal Judicial Center
Photo, Harry Anstead. . . , 2000, Newhall Photography, Flickr Commons

The Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency for federal [...] »

U.S. Department of Education

Use the resources offered by the Department of Education to help you become [...] »

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 [...] »

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Families on the Farm

What was life like for women and girls on late 19th- and early 20th-century [...] »