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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Excerpts from Slave Narratives
Photo, Harriet Tubman Sculpture, March 21, 2008, Paul Lowry, Flickr

The 46 first-person accounts on this website effectively chronicle slavery [...] »

Perry Visits Japan
Scroll painting, of Sumo, 1854-1906, anonymous Japanese artist, Perry. . . site

Explore the official beginning of U.S.-Japan international relations.

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Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century

Teaching 20th century presidential history or political events? Explore this [...] »

History Quiz

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Advice for Beachgoers

Long before sunblock, boogie boards, or bikinis...did ladies wear corsets to [...] »

Reading Photographs: A Dusty Street

When and where was this photo taken? See what clues you can spot!

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Riding the Rails

How many cows could a cowcatcher catch, if a cowcatcher could catch cows? [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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. [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

How did recreational drug use grow into a U.S. drug culture? How did it [...] »

U.S. Air Force

From pilots to shuttle central command, how does the Air Force fulfill its [...] »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo, Barking Frog, Mark A. Musselman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The government acts for fauna as well as society. When did this start? Why [...] »

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Why Was the Boston Tea Party Not Stopped by British Troops?
Tea Destroyed by Indians, broadside

To some extent, the Boston Tea Party was the result of unintended [...] »