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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Gettysburg National Military Park: Camp Life
Photo, Domino Set, Gettysburg National Military Park

What did soldiers do between battles? Sometimes, fought off boredom!

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Amateur Athletic Foundation Digital Archive

Official documents and articles from periodicals record the history of the [...] »

Freedom Now! An Archival Project of Tougaloo College and Brown University
Flyer, Council of Federated Organizations. . . , 1964, Tougaloo College Archives

Immerse yourself in the historical struggle for the African American vote in [...] »

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Which Witch?

Words constantly evolve and change over time. What did "witch" mean to these [...] »

Who Won the War (of 1812)?

How do textbooks from different countries treat the War of 1812?

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A-mouldering in the Grave

"John Brown's Body" keeps reappearing. What do you know about the song?

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Beyond the Textbook

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The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

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

Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

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. [...] »

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National Park Service
Screencapture, FDR Memorial, National Park Service homepage

Lesson plans, essays, multimedia, activities, and artifacts of U.S. heritage [...] »

Supreme Court of the United States

From John Jay to Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court is the final word in law [...] »

Smithsonian
Negative, Dinsmore, Frances. Of Smithsonian. . . , 1915, Harris & Ewing, LoC

What can 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo offer your [...] »

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Kentuckiana

Mountains, coal, jugbands, pottery, quilts, feuds, flags, floods, labor [...] »