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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American Photography: A Century of Images
Photo, Shrimp-pickers in Peerless Oyster Co., March 1911, Lewis Hine, LoC

How has photography altered our perception of and the actuality of reality [...] »

The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

Influenza scares can be deadly—check out 16 documents and images from the [...] »

Gulf War
Map, initial air attacks, 1993, R. Atkinson, The Untold Story of the Gulf War.

Participants in Operation Desert Storm talk about their experiences in oral [...] »

History Quiz

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By the Numbers: Election Maps

What can historical election maps tell us? Take a look at the electoral vote [...] »

Reading Photographs: Snow Day

When was this winter photo taken? See what clues you can spot!

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Close Up on Hispanic American Heritage

Take a look at these fragments from U.S. history. What are they? Where do [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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Architect of the Capitol

What do our buildings tell us about ourselves? Take a spin around this [...] »

National Endowment for the Humanities

Meet the largest governmental funder of humanities programs in the U.S.

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National Institute for Literacy
Photo, "Artis struisvogel leest krant van oppasser,"1951, Flickr Commons

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Try incorporating literacy [...] »

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With or Without Slavery?
Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Free Soiler, 1856

Forcing the issue in Bleeding Kansas. The Lecompton Constitution, slavery, [...] »