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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Still Going On: Celebrating The Life and Times of William Grant Still
Gelatin Silver, Portrait of William Grant Still, 1949, Carl Van Vechten, LoC

Learn about famous composer William Grant Still through this online exhibit [...] »

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 [...] »

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet. 1862

One convenient source for major historical U.S. documents.

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History Quiz

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Presidential Moments: Inauguration

The first day on the new job is difficult for everybody—including U.S. [...] »

American Myths: Popular Music

Each song has a story. What inspired it? When was it made? By whom?

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Remembering All Veterans

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Endowment for the Arts

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment [...] »

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Photo, Kids watching rockets at the Summer Adventure, LANL site

Follow the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the protection [...] »

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Silkscreen, Disaster Broadcast. . . , 1941-1943, Edward T. Grigware, LoC

When the weather's not on our side, FEMA's there to lend a hand.

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