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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American Transcendentalism Web
Image, the web of American Transcendentalism

Presents texts by and about the major figures of American Transcendentalism [...] »

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian

More than 2,000 striking images of North American tribes from between 1907 [...] »

U.S. Electoral College

Uncover the inner workings and history of the US Electoral College. Click [...] »

History Quiz

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Remembering All Veterans

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

New World Wonders

How did explorers describe the plants and animals they discovered in America [...] »

Give Me (Nuclear) Shelter

How much do you know about these iconic emblems of Cold War fears?

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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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Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

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. [...] »

National Resources

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Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

American art makes the interpretive nature of historical knowledge clear. [...] »

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Service-learning and history don't have to be exclusive. Consider the [...] »

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, the nation's [...] »

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Robert Gould Shaw

Where does the glory of Robert Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts [...] »