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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For Us the Living

A series of five primary source based learning modules that encourage high [...] »

Joe Hill
Sheet music,  The Rebel Girl, 1915, Written by Joe Hill, NYPL

Union strikes. Murder. Itinerant songwriting. The life of martyr Joe Hill [...] »

H.H. Bennett: Photographer Extraordinaire

View commercial photography from the last half of the 19th century.

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History Quiz

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The Big Picture: Match the Ad to the Year

Be it the radio or the television, the slogans related to popular or [...] »

First Impressions: The U.S. and Japan

In 1854, Japan signed a treaty with the U.S. How did the U.S. and Japan see [...] »

America's Love for the Automobile

An Exciting Whiff of Danger or La Belle Dame sans Merci?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Marine Corps

Why are the Marines known as "America's 911 Force"? Explore this division of [...] »

National Archives and Records Administration
Letter, . . . Flag Design Suggestion, 10/1958, Sheryl Byland, NARA

With more than 10 billion items addressing U.S. history, you're bound to [...] »

National Museum of American History

See our history come to life within the expansive exhibits and educational [...] »

Ask a Historian

Civilization is All Relative

Common misconceptions of the classification of civilization are debunked. [...] »