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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Words and Deeds in American History
Illustrated letter, Frederic Remington to Owen Wister..., Jan. 1895, LoC.

View primary documents that helped to shape America's history.

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George Percival Scriven: An American in Bohol, The Philippines, 1899-1901
Photo, [Children Playing],  Duke University

Witness the U.S. Army's occupation of Bohol through the eyes of officer [...] »

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection
Photograph, James Reed plaing guitar..., Sep. 1 1996, Karen S. Jabbour, LoC.

Learn about the 20th century resurgence of fiddle music and Appalachian folk [...] »

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Food 50 Years Ago

Is your favorite food a recent invention?

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The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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Back to School

Binders, buses, and backpacks—consider the history of these back-to-school [...] »

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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 [...] »

Huey Long
Stereograph, U.S. Senator Huey Long, c.1933, Keystone View Company

How exactly did U.S. Senator Huey Long intend to end poverty across the U.S [...] »

Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

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Indian Health Service
Photo, "Baby being weighed by nurse," IHS, 1887-1969, Dept. of Health

Disease ravaged colonial-era Native American populations. What health [...] »

Federal Judiciary

Can’t tell an affadavit from an acquittal? Learn the legal lingo.

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Federal Trade Commission
Woodcut, Igirisujin Yokohama. . . , 1861, Sadahide Utagawa, LoC

Keeping businesses on the straight and narrow. Discover more about the [...] »

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The New World: A Stage for Cultural Interaction
Engraving, Trophies and ceremonies after a victory, 1591, Jacques Le Moyne de Mo

Religion and profit were driving motivations behind European colonization. [...] »