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 Capital and the Bay, ca. 1600-1925

What picture have people painted of the Washington, D.C. in written works? [...] »

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Photo, casino! las vegas, April 14, 2005, tricky ™, Flickr, creative commons

Why is Las Vegas one of the world's most popular destinations? How has it [...] »

Liberty Rhetoric and 19th-Century American Women
Illustration, Keep Within Compass, 1785-1805, Winterthur Museum.

Compare early women's rights campaigns to the rhetoric of the American [...] »

History Quiz

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Past Rebel Lines

Benedict Arnold wasn't the only spy in the American Revolution. Take this [...] »

African American History Month: Civil Rights Worldwide

These African American civil rights activists affected more than the U.S. [...] »

Discovering Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus—a legend without a face? Answer these questions about [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

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. [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

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

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

What does it mean to be an American? Answer this question through the lens [...] »

National Portrait Gallery

Allow students to "meet" their favorite historical figures.

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Society for History in the Federal Government
Transparency, U.S. Capitol exteriors, c. 1920-1950, Theodor Horydczak, LoC

Represents historians across executive, judicial, and congressional [...] »

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Friendly Fire
battleship firing

Fratricide and allied questions. In the heat of battle, mistakes happen.

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