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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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Illinois During the Gilded Age

Listen to, read, and sing sources from the Gilded Age canvassing women, [...] »

The Barbara McClintock Papers

Meet Barbara McClintock, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist best known for [...] »

History Now: American History Online
Illustration, Bank note from the Bank of the US, Dec. 13, 1840, U.S. Mint.

Read this quarterly journal which focuses on a different topic in American [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Stamping Out Free Speech?

The Stamp Act of 1765 had colonists crying foul. Answer these questions [...] »

Turkey Tracking

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular holiday [...] »

Saving Daylight

Politicians get hot under the collar when discussing the hottest of topics— [...] »

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? [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Agricultural Statistics Service

Why did George Washington start gathering national data on agriculture?

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Small Business Association

What is the FAR? Looking for copies of small business laws? Well, you have [...] »

Government Printing Office
Photo, Headlines posted in street. . , 1940, Jack Delano, Flickr Commons

GPO is the Federal Government's resource for preserving and providing access [...] »

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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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