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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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The Yale Map Collection: Online Maps

What kind of map might you have used as an explorer? An early urbanite?

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Disability History Museum
Postcard, Charity Postcard of Irvin Malzi, 1910, Robert Bogdan Collection.

Explore the experiences of those with disabilities through documents and [...] »

Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches

Hear 12 renowned speeches by African Americans, including Marcus Garvey's [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Remembering All Veterans

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

Pre-Modern Pop Music

Before "pop" music reigned supreme, jazz and ragtime amassed great public [...] »

We the People . . . Rarely Agree

What does the Constitution mean to you? Match each quote to the historical [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

Huey Long
Stereograph, U.S. Senator Huey Long, c.1933, Keystone View Company

How exactly did U.S. Senator Huey Long intend to end poverty across the U.S [...] »

Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era
Photographic Print, Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 May 1, L

The historical impact young girls had on the Progressive Era is often [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Institute for Literacy
Photo, "Artis struisvogel leest krant van oppasser,"1951, Flickr Commons

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Try incorporating literacy [...] »

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Photo, Russ Hopcroft, from the University . . . , 2002, Ian MacDonald, NOAA

Explore the history of science and technology, maritime history, and the [...] »

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Looking for a way to fund graduate education related to teaching the U.S. [...] »

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Menu for the First Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving, Jean Louis Gerome Ferris

Only two eyewitness accounts of that first Thanksgiving remain.

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