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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Connecticut Historical Society

Explore the political and sociocultural history of Connecticut.

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A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment
Photo, . . . Tilton, Arthur and Clarinda Emiline Reynolds, undated, LoC

Follow Capt. Reynold's life, from childhood photos to his stint as a Union [...] »

Making of America
Book illustration, The archaeological..., 1876, Charles Rau, Making of America.

Provides more than 1.5 million pages of text in an effort to digitize more [...] »

History Quiz

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Black Days in the Market

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 opened the curtain on the Great Depression. [...] »

Close Up on Hispanic American Heritage

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

War of Invaders

What do these biased narratives of the French and Indian War tell us?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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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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 [...] »

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

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Smithsonian
Negative, Dinsmore, Frances. Of Smithsonian. . . , 1915, Harris & Ewing, LoC

What can 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo offer your [...] »

National Museum of American History

See our history come to life within the expansive exhibits and educational [...] »

Federal Highway Administration
Lithograph, Chas. H. Kabrich, c. 1896, Donaldson Litho. Co., LoC

Do you fit today's transportation norms? Do you reside in a suburb or a city [...] »