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

Find quality websites & primary sources
Children and Youth in History
Detail, homepage

Bring history home to young students with sources they can relate to—and [...] »

Primary Documents in American History

The Library of Congress presents 35 of the most important documents from [...] »

Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1776
Engraving, A View of the Year 1765, Paul Revere

Teaching the American Revolution and its politics? Check out 15 topical [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Presidential Moments: Inaugural Addresses

Can you match these famous first words with their presidential speakers?

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Women's History Month: Picturing Pocahontas

What do you picture when you hear her name?

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Pre-Modern Pop Music

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

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

Causing the Civil War
Postcard, Train Load of Cotton for Export, South, 1902-1903, NYPL

Did King Cotton cause the Civil War? Or should you look further?

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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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Presidents of the United States

The White House offers historic photos and biographies of its past and [...] »

U.S. Fire Administration
Photo, Angel Island Fire, Behind Alcatraz, October 12, 2008, LeeLeFever, Flickr

Give historical fires perspective through modern statistics.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

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

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Forty Acres and a Mule
Charleston in ruins 1865, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The origin of the "Sherman Reservation" in Special Field Order No. 15, by [...] »