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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Bill of Rights Institute
Screenshot, Bill of Rights Institute home page

What would life be like without freedoms we take for granted—of the press, [...] »

Home Sweet Home: Life in 19th-Century Ohio
Lithograph, The Fruits of Temperance, c. 1848, Nathaniel Currier, LoC

Examine 19th-century domestic life through sheet music and audio song files [...] »

At Home in the Heartland
Photo, [African-American] women weighing wire coils, 1919, NARA

Learn about family life and social history in the northern Midwest.

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History Quiz

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Reading Photographs: MacArthur and Hirohito

How would you have planned this photograph if you were General MacArthur? [...] »

History of Hidden Killers: Epidemics in America

Wherever people go, disease is sure to follow. Answer these questions about [...] »

To the Source!

Where do historians turn for historical evidence?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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. [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

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

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Fire Administration
Photo, Angel Island Fire, Behind Alcatraz, October 12, 2008, LeeLeFever, Flickr

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Looking for a way to fund graduate education related to teaching the U.S. [...] »

U.S. Secret Service

How did the Secret Service begin protecting our leaders and solving crimes [...] »

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John Adams: Great or Not?
Coin, Presidential $1 Coin for John Adams, 2007, United States Mint

What does historical "greatness" mean, anyway?

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