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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Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
Photo, Carolyn Reese teaches Freedom School class(2), 1964, Herbert Randall...

150 oral history interviews and 16 collections of documents address the [...] »

Still Going On: Celebrating The Life and Times of William Grant Still
Gelatin Silver, Portrait of William Grant Still, 1949, Carl Van Vechten, LoC

Learn about famous composer William Grant Still through this online exhibit [...] »

USC Archival Research Center

With over 126,000 photographs, maps, and other documents, this site offers a [...] »

History Quiz

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In Dr. King's Words

People can identify (some of) the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Can you [...] »

War of Invaders

What do these biased narratives of the French and Indian War tell us?

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United We Stand: Industry and Famous Strikes

Stand up (or sit down) for better working conditions! Test your knowledge of [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

National Resources

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National Air and Space Museum
Cigarette card, Imaginary A plane, c. 1957-1958, NYPL Digital Gallery

Fly me to the moon became a famous Frank Sinatra line. NASA also made this a [...] »

U.S. Secret Service

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

U.S. Geological Survey
Photo, Brown Bat, June 20, 2008, Al Hicks, U.S. Geological Survey

How has land use altered over time, and what did the explorers encounter? [...] »

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The 4th Estate as the 4th Branch

The peculiar power of the press in America . . . what is the role of the [...] »