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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New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
Photo, Dog, Ernest Schelling, New York Philharmonic Digital Archives

Sift through the music and entertainment of the past.

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Congress for the New Urbanism
Image, Congress for the New Urbanism.

What is New Urbanism, and does it effect you? Will it affect the way you buy [...] »

Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
Photo, Saturday afternoon in Franklin, Ga, Apr-May, 1941, Jack Delano, LoC.

Read the life histories of a range of U.S. citizens, compiled by the WPA's [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
From War to Revolution

Can you answer these questions on figures who took part in the French and [...] »

American Myths: Popular Music

Each song has a story. What inspired it? When was it made? By whom?

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Saving Daylight

Politicians get hot under the collar when discussing the hottest of topics— [...] »

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 [...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
National Museum of the American Indian

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

Tennessee Valley Authority

Read the act that gave way to the Tennessee Valley Authority, a major New [...] »

National Endowment for the Arts

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment [...] »

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Tennessee's Social Studies Curriculum
Photo, "Salvage. . . ," Howard Liberman, 1942, NY Public Library

Standardization is a fairly new concept in education.

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