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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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Pearl Harbor Attack Map
Avenge Pearl Harbor, Our Bullets Will Do It, c.1942-3, NARA, Flickr Commons

What did U.S. sailors mean when they refer to seeing "the meatball"? What [...] »

New Jersey Public Records and Archives
Photo, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., aged 1 year, c. 1932, NJ Public Archives

Familiarize yourself with New Jersey history using images, maps, and [...] »

Shaping the Constitution
Cartoon, Making the Polls. . . , 1915, Ralph Barton, Shaping the Consitution

What role did Virginia play in defining the U.S. and upholding rights we now [...] »

History Quiz

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American Personalities: Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty

Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty are popular American icons. How much do you know [...] »

Classroom Glory

Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction?

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Thanksgiving Dinner in 1943

What traditional Thanksgiving foods would have been hard to come by during [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Secret Service

How did the Secret Service begin protecting our leaders and solving crimes [...] »

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Modern art isn't impossible to understand. Approach it as the product of its [...] »

National Institutes of Health
Photo, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 1960-1980, Office of History, NIH

Repository for the history of the federal agency, medical profession, and [...] »

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Jefferson versus Hamilton
Democratic reformers in search of a head, Currier and Ives print, 1876

Their differing philosophies of government set the stage for the permanent [...] »