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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St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project
Case document, Nov Case Number 4 - Clark, William v. Bourguion, Charles, 1809

Explore the largest collection of freedom suits available to U.S. [...] »

A Cybrary of the Holocaust
Photo, Two men sitting after liberation from Lager-Norhausen. . . , 1945, NARA

Visit this website for a firsthand view into the horror of the holocaust. [...] »

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election
Photograph, The trouble with senators who oppose the League, 1911, LoC.

Access 59 sound recordings of 1918-1920 speeches by American leaders.

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History Quiz

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California or Bust

Who went west when? Answer questions about migration from 1935 to 2000.

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Early Telephone Etiquette

Should you leave your hat on when you talk on the telephone?

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Exploration and Innovation

Crossing vast oceans required specialized tools and knowledge. Discover more [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
photographic print, Second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 1945 August, LOC

Controversial issues are often simplified in textbooks. Discover the facts [...] »

20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

National Resources

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Federal Trade Commission
Woodcut, Igirisujin Yokohama. . . , 1861, Sadahide Utagawa, LoC

Keeping businesses on the straight and narrow. Discover more about the [...] »

U.S. Army
Photo, The 101st Airborne troops move out of Bastogne. . . , 1944, U.S. Army

Increase your knowledge of the people, past, and technology of the United [...] »

National Museum of American History

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

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Presidential Death During the Election Process
Vice-President James Schoolcraft Sherman

Unforeseen events and potential crises forced politicians and lawmakers to [...] »