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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Famous American Trials: "The Scottsboro Boys" Trials 1931-1937
Scottsboro Boys with Leibowitz in jail (3/33)(UPI)

Explore the infamous Scottboro case through a variety of primary source [...] »

Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency

Learn about southern culture through the images on Confederate currency.

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Manufacturers' Catalogs from the First Decade of American Automobiles
Specifications, Model "D" Palace Touring car; Price $ 2750.00, 1909, NYPL

Curious about early cars? View more than 800 automobile manufacturer catalog [...] »

History Quiz

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Mapping the Past

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

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American Myths: Christopher Columbus

In 1492, what did Columbus really do?

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The Great Black Hope

These African American athletes drew crowds with their skill and [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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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, [...] »

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

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Team Ships

Learn the basic steps to building and commissioning a Navy vessel.

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Photo, Jason Tully, a CDC laboratorian. . . , ID# 7294, 2004, James Gathany, CDC

For when those historical figures suffered conditions you don't recognize. [...] »

National Museum of African American History and Culture

What does it mean to be an American? Answer this question through the lens [...] »

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The Auto Industry Goes to War
Ford Sedan, 1942 model year

Domestic automotive manufacturing took a back seat to military transport [...] »