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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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Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual Musicians Foundation
Photo, Payne's Band, Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual. . . site

Have you heard of musicians' unions? Learn about a 20th-century African [...] »

Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Compare Republican and Democrat accounts of the great debates.

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Phillip Morris Advertising Archive
Ad. Come to Marlboro Country. 1986

What tactics has the tobacco industry used to sell smoking to the populace [...] »

History Quiz

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American Myths: Christopher Columbus

In 1492, what did Columbus really do?

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Fly Away Jim Crow

Equality requires more than a Proclamation. Try to answer these questions on [...] »

Turkey Tracking

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular holiday [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

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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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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Coast Guard
Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters?

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Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Screenshot, "U.S. History Topics," Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

More than 1,600 learning resources from the federal government sorted by [...] »

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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Breaking the Confederate Line at Antietam
Litho., Lincoln and McClellan, Brady National Photographic Art Gallery, 1862.

Hour by hour account of how Union Generals moved on the battlefield at [...] »