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

Find quality websites & primary sources
Platte River Basin in Nebraska

Forty diverse documents about the history, geology, and hydrology of the [...] »

Murphy and Bolanz: Block and Addition Books, Dallas County 1880-1920

Explore the layout and businesses of turn-of-the-century Dallas.

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Regarding Vietnam: Stories Since the War

A valuable site filled with firsthand discussion on the conduct and effect [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Practicing Medicine on the Presidents

When the presidents' maladies threatened to affect their performance.

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Reading a Cartoon: Massive Resistance

What do the objects in this 1954 editorial cartoon stand for?

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Classroom Glory

Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

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 [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, the nation's [...] »

National Endowment for the Humanities

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

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Central Intelligence Agency
Glass negative, "Belle Boyd," Confederate spy, Between 1855 and 1865, LoC

You've seen spy movies, but what is the real history of U.S. [...] »

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Old Political Cartoons
Tariff juggling at Washington, E. W. Kemble, Harpers Weekly, July 10, 1909

Poking fun and puncturing pomposity—how can you interpret political cartoons [...] »