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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Marian Anderson: A Life in Song
Photograph, Marian Anderson with Kosti Vehanen, 1935, Nancy M. Shawcross, UPenn.

Travel through the life and works of Marion Anderson with this online [...] »

National Postal Museum

The mail always comes, rain or shine; but how?

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Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words
Lithograph, Franklin's Reception at the. . . , c. 1860, Anton Hohenstein, LoC

Get to know Benjamin Franklin through his own writings, cartoons, and [...] »

History Quiz

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By the Numbers: Election Maps

What can historical election maps tell us? Take a look at the electoral vote [...] »

The Great Black Hope

These African American athletes drew crowds with their skill and [...] »

Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

Causing the Civil War
Postcard, Train Load of Cotton for Export, South, 1902-1903, NYPL

Did King Cotton cause the Civil War? Or should you look further?

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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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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 [...] »

Central Intelligence Agency
Glass negative, "Belle Boyd," Confederate spy, Between 1855 and 1865, LoC

You've seen spy movies, but what is the real history of U.S. [...] »

U.S. Geological Survey
Photo, Brown Bat, June 20, 2008, Al Hicks, U.S. Geological Survey

How has land use altered over time, and what did the explorers encounter? [...] »

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America Abroad
Asst Sec Navy Roosevelt at the Naval War College

Isolated and expansive at the same time.

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