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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Voices of the Colorado Plateau

There's more to the West than cowboys.

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World War I Sheet Music
Cover, Goodbye and. . . , 1917, G. Edwards Music House, World War I Sheet Music

What can the music of World War I tell us about its era?

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Thomas Jefferson Papers

What did Thomas Jefferson read?

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Mapping the Past

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south.

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A Hoax Provokes Folks: Why Lie?

Peruse the news, but beware hot air? Examine famous U.S. hoaxes.

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Spot the President: Presidential Campaign Ads

Decide whether these statements on the more-than-50-year-old tradition of [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

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 [...] »

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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National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Federal Judiciary

Can’t tell an affadavit from an acquittal? Learn the legal lingo.

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National Archives and Records Administration
Letter, . . . Flag Design Suggestion, 10/1958, Sheryl Byland, NARA

With more than 10 billion items addressing U.S. history, you're bound to [...] »

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Design embodies both artistic ingenuity and responses to everyday problems [...] »

Ask a Historian

Breaking the News in 1900
Mr. Tagg grants an interview

Headlines and deadlines. Where was the line between muckraking and [...] »