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 [...] »

Creating a More Perfect Union: 1861-1865

Interested in teaching about the Civil War from a maritime perspective?

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Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

Learn about life in the Big Coal River Valley in West Virginia.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Early Telephone Etiquette

Should you leave your hat on when you talk on the telephone?

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Women in the Lab (and the Field)

Marie Curie and Jane Goodall—you may know these female scientists, but can [...] »

Practicing Medicine on the Presidents

When the presidents' maladies threatened to affect their performance.

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

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Society for History in the Federal Government
Transparency, U.S. Capitol exteriors, c. 1920-1950, Theodor Horydczak, LoC

Represents historians across executive, judicial, and congressional [...] »

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Modern art isn't impossible to understand. Approach it as the product of its [...] »

U.S. Navy

Who defends our seas, and how do they do it? Explore primary sources and [...] »

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Typical in the 1930s
one of the official typical families at the 1939 NY World's Fair

A panel of judges enlisted by the New York World’s Fair Corporation looked [...] »