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.


Website Reviews

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William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz

Explore writer-photographer William P. Gottlieb photographs of 1938–1948 [...] »

Liberty Rhetoric and 19th-Century American Women
Illustration, Keep Within Compass, 1785-1805, Winterthur Museum.

Compare early women's rights campaigns to the rhetoric of the American [...] »

Map History/History of Cartography: The Gateway to the Subject
Map, Highway map and guide of NE, 1920, Mid West Map Company, David Rumsey Col.

A collection of 3,000 historical maps and information about the history of [...] »

History Quiz

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Yo, Ho, Ho and a . . . Bushel of Oysters?

Shellfish pirates stole from the rich to feed themselves—and make a little [...] »

Back to School

Binders, buses, and backpacks—consider the history of these back-to-school [...] »

Veterans Day: Medals and Merit

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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, [...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

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. [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA regulates air safety and influences the development of civil [...] »

U.S. Coast Guard
Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters?

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Mine Safety and Health Administration
Photo, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?...

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Understanding and Appreciating WWII Veterans
Photo, "Women are contributing their skills," Howard Hollem, Aug. 1942, LOC.

Websites that assist students in compiling information on WWII battles, [...] »