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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Prosperity and Thrift: Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy

An array of primary sources follows the rise of the consumer economy under [...] »

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
Map, Indian Reservations within the limits of the US, 1890, US Census Office.

Documents the lives of Native Americans in the Northwest Coast and Plateau [...] »

Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line

Experience selected artworks by African American artist Jacob Lawrence while [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Voices in the Whirlwind

To each prophet, a certain way of speaking. Match civil rights leaders with [...] »

Memorializing Memorials

How do we relate to national memorials? Photographs can show us how we want [...] »

Riding the Rails

How many cows could a cowcatcher catch, if a cowcatcher could catch cows? [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

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

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

American art makes the interpretive nature of historical knowledge clear. [...] »

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Photo, Russ Hopcroft, from the University . . . , 2002, Ian MacDonald, NOAA

Explore the history of science and technology, maritime history, and the [...] »

National Air and Space Museum
Cigarette card, Imaginary A plane, c. 1957-1958, NYPL Digital Gallery

Fly me to the moon became a famous Frank Sinatra line. NASA also made this a [...] »

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Forebears’ Furniture
2nd floor plan of William Maclay mansion, built in 1793

How would a 1790 Pennsylvania farmhouse have been furnished?

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