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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Railroad Maps, 1828-1900

View maps created for a multitude of purposes related to travel by rail.

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California as I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California, 1849-1900
Illustration, Emigrants Crossing..., 1869, H.B. Hall, Jr., California History...

40,000 written pages and more than 3,000 illustrations provide accounts of [...] »

Belgian-American Research Collection
Photo, "Maltie" (cat) - summer, 1908, Louis Milton Thiers

What would your life have been like as a Belgian immigrant in Wisconsin?

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History Quiz

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Monuments to a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials

Answer these questions about memorials to the life and ideals of MLK.

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Voices of Women's Reform

There’s more to it than Seneca Falls.

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Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Beyond the Textbook

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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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Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Peace Corps

Explore world and U.S. history simultaneously through universal development [...] »

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

National Institutes of Health
Photo, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 1960-1980, Office of History, NIH

Repository for the history of the federal agency, medical profession, and [...] »

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Bleeding Kansas
lithograph, Forcing slavery down the throat of a freesoiler, 1856,  J.L. Magee,

What were the origins of this infamous controversy?

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