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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Agents of Social Change: 20th-Century Women's Activism
Photo. Jessie Lloyd with an unidentified group. 1928

Source documents to help you approach 20th-century feminism.

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CWIHP: Cold War International History Project
Image, CWIHP home page, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Covering 1945 through the late 1990s, sources from the former Communist bloc [...] »

Open Yale Courses
Photo, Professor Frank Snowden, Open Yale Courses

Looking for a little professional development? Miss your college classes? [...] »

History Quiz

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Constitution Day

Securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and for posterity—answer [...] »

Textbook Twisters: Salem Witch Trials

Burn the witch! Discover how historical coverage of the Salem Witch Trials [...] »

Early Telephone Etiquette

Should you leave your hat on when you talk on the telephone?

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Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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? [...] »

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U.S. Department of Education

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

U.S. Senate Historical Office
Lithograph, "The Great Congressional Tramp. . . ," 1882, Mayer, U.S. Senate site

Political cartoons, photos, oral histories, artifacts, essays, and facts. [...] »

U.S. Navy

Who defends our seas, and how do they do it? Explore primary sources and [...] »

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The Origins of the Service Flag
Photography, Five Sullivan Brothers--They Did Their Part, c. 1941 - 1945, Wikime

Discover what the symbols on these flags stand for.

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