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.


Website Reviews

Find quality websites & primary sources
History Explorer

The Smithsonian offers rich resources for teachers, but tracking them down [...] »

Recipe for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime
Poster,  Use Leftovers . . . , Office of Emergency Management, 1941-1945, NARA

Winning a war Explore sources concerning World War I and [...] »

People with a History: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* History
Photo, [Men reading Gay magazine], 1971,  Kay Tobin, New York Public Library

Use this extensive resource as a starting point for all inquiries into [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Probing Probate

How do we know what people in the past owned and valued?

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Voices of Women's Reform

There’s more to it than Seneca Falls.

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Constitution Day Count

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

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

Tried and executed in 1822, along with many other slaves, for a plotted [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Photo, Kids watching rockets at the Summer Adventure, LANL site

Follow the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the protection [...] »

National Museum of the American Indian

Make sure that your students know not all Native Americans lived in tipis or [...] »

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Defining Dred Scott
lithograph, The political quadrille--Music by Dred Scott, 1860, LOC

Who was Dred Scott, and what was the significance of his case?

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