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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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Website Reviews

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California as I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California, 1849-1900
Illustration, Emigrants Crossing..., 1869, H.B. Hall, Jr., California History...

40,000 written pages and more than 3,000 illustrations provide accounts of [...] »

Digital Public Library of America
Homepage, DPLA

Search more than 4,500,000 primary sources from across the country from one [...] »

The Annexation of Hawaii: A Collection of Documents

Compare U.S. and Hawaiian opinion on Hawaiian annexation.

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History Quiz

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Presidential Valentines

The politics of love—answer these questions about valentines to and from U.S [...] »

The Garden of Infants

Kindergarten came to America in the 19th century on a wave of German [...] »

Earth Day: Lost to History

Human history affects more than human beings.

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

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

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? [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Park Service
Screencapture, FDR Memorial, National Park Service homepage

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

Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

American art makes the interpretive nature of historical knowledge clear. [...] »

Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA regulates air safety and influences the development of civil [...] »

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Why Was the Boston Tea Party Not Stopped by British Troops?
Tea Destroyed by Indians, broadside

To some extent, the Boston Tea Party was the result of unintended [...] »