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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Sea of Liberty
Detail, print, Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth, Edward Savage, 1796

Explore the meaning of freedom and create your own interpretations using [...] »

Agents of Social Change: 20th-Century Women's Activism
Photo. Jessie Lloyd with an unidentified group. 1928

Source documents to help you approach 20th-century feminism.

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May 4 Collection, Kent State University
Photo, Candlelight Vigil and Walk. Kent State Library

What can we learn from the Kent State Riots?

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Plays You Won't See in the Superbowl

Football has always been a great American sport, but how much do you know [...] »

Presidential Moments: Inauguration

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

First Ladies' Firsts

What about the other occupants of the White House?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

National Resources

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Federal Judiciary

Can’t tell an affadavit from an acquittal? Learn the legal lingo.

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Society for History in the Federal Government
Transparency, U.S. Capitol exteriors, c. 1920-1950, Theodor Horydczak, LoC

Represents historians across executive, judicial, and congressional [...] »

Architect of the Capitol

What do our buildings tell us about ourselves? Take a spin around this [...] »

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The Era of Reform
Brook Farm, 1845 painting by Josiah Wolcutt, Massachusetts Historical Society

Was the antebellum period the height of reform movements in U.S. history? [...] »