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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National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places

Use this website to plan and organize lessons around NPS properties and [...] »

Black Past
Glass negative, Scene from The Green Pastures, 1930, NYPL Digital Gallery

Begin your exploration of African American history with this web portal, [...] »

Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

Learn about life in the Big Coal River Valley in West Virginia.

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History Quiz

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Advice for Beachgoers

Long before sunblock, boogie boards, or bikinis...did ladies wear corsets to [...] »

War of Invaders

What do these biased narratives of the French and Indian War tell us?

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Women's History Month: Picturing Pocahontas

What do you picture when you hear her name?

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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 [...] »

John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

Tried and executed in 1822, along with many other slaves, for a plotted [...] »

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National Endowment for the Arts

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment [...] »

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, the nation's [...] »

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Are you a special education educator? Teach in an inclusive classroom?

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With or Without Slavery?
Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Free Soiler, 1856

Forcing the issue in Bleeding Kansas. The Lecompton Constitution, slavery, [...] »