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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By Popular Demand: "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Photo, Alice Stone Blackwell, half-length portrait, seated..., 1905-17, LoC.

View photographs, cartoons, and campaign items from the women's suffrage [...] »

Alcohol, Temperance, and Prohibition
Image, Alcohol, Temperance & Prohibition, Brown University Library Center...

More than 1,800 primary sources provide a window into the Temperance [...] »

Carnegie Libraries of California
Photo, Los Angeles/Cahuenga, Pat & Bernie Skehan, Carnegie Libraries of CA.

Learn about the California libraries built with Carnegie funding.

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Textbook Twisters: Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the greatest conflicts between the US [...] »

Classroom Glory

Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction?

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To the Source!

Where do historians turn for historical evidence?

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The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

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 [...] »

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Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

U.S. Mint

A magician may be able to pull coins out of thin air, but most of us can't [...] »

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Photo, Jason Tully, a CDC laboratorian. . . , ID# 7294, 2004, James Gathany, CDC

For when those historical figures suffered conditions you don't recognize. [...] »

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Quebec City Fire
Detail of lithograph copy of John Murray, View of Quebec City, 1845

Were the great fires of 1845 the result of arson or accident?

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