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

Find quality websites & primary sources
Murphy and Bolanz: Block and Addition Books, Dallas County 1880-1920

Explore the layout and businesses of turn-of-the-century Dallas.

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Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories

Hear the recollections of ex-slaves and freedmen in their own voices.

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Kiowa Drawings

Kiowa artwork from buffalo hide canvases to university art training.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Voices of Women's Reform

There’s more to it than Seneca Falls.

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Fly Away Jim Crow

Equality requires more than a Proclamation. Try to answer these questions on [...] »

The Ice Cream Wars

Was there conflict in the past over one of our favorite summer treats?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Rise of the Automobile
Photo, Model A Ford in front of antique gas pumps, August 4, 2007, Flickr

Americans today take cars for granted. How did they change American life? [...] »

Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

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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National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Archives and Records Administration
Letter, . . . Flag Design Suggestion, 10/1958, Sheryl Byland, NARA

With more than 10 billion items addressing U.S. history, you're bound to [...] »

U.S. Coast Guard
Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters?

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U.S. Postal Service
Photo, City Carrier, 1975, United States Postal Service

Come rain or shine, the mail must go through, bringing information and [...] »

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The Possible Path of Barnard Bee
Digital image, Carol Highsmith, Confederates Marching, Library of Congress, 2010

Examination of counterfactual questions and how they are used in historical [...] »