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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Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
Photo, Our Grief is Not a Cry for War, 28 Dec. 2001, Jim Costanzo, LoC

If you're searching for 9/11 materials, this website offers easy access to [...] »

Through Our Parent's Eyes: Tucson's Diverse Community

Learn about the ethnically diverse history of Tucson, AZ.

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America: History and Life
Photo, Fritzi Scheff demonstrating Magnavox. . . , 1895, Flickr Commons

Peruse bibliographies and abstracts of scholarly articles, reviews, and [...] »

History Quiz

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Presidents Day: Growing Up to Be President

Even American presidents were babies once!

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Veterans Day: Medals and Merit

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

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Stumbling Down the Road to Health

It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . which “healthful” ingredients [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

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 [...] »

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? [...] »

National Resources

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U.S. Senate Historical Office
Lithograph, "The Great Congressional Tramp. . . ," 1882, Mayer, U.S. Senate site

Political cartoons, photos, oral histories, artifacts, essays, and facts. [...] »

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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

National Postal Museum
Ink on paper, Kodak advertisement, c. 1942, National Postal Museum

When going postal is actually a good thing! Explore the Museum's extensive [...] »

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Digitized Newspaper Archives

How do you go back and find "the first draft of history"?

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