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.


Website Reviews

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Maine Memory Network
Photo, Charles Chaplin, South Portland, c.1913, Maine Memory Network

Explore the history of Maine, and create your own digital album.

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Stephen Foster's Sketchbook
Sketch, Over the Calm. . . , 1851, Stephen Foster, Stephen Foster's. . . site

Ever wondered what a composer's drafts look like? View Foster's sketchbook [...] »

The Stars and Stripes, 1918-1919

Peruse every edition of the "official newspaper" of the U.S. Army fighting [...] »

History Quiz

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Columbus Day: Stories of Exploration

Which tales of daring exploration do you believe?

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The California Gold Rush

"Seeing the elephant" in California.

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European Explorers in North America after Columbus

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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 [...] »

20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Federal Aviation Administration

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

U.S. Navy

Who defends our seas, and how do they do it? Explore primary sources and [...] »

Federal Highway Administration
Lithograph, Chas. H. Kabrich, c. 1896, Donaldson Litho. Co., LoC

Do you fit today's transportation norms? Do you reside in a suburb or a city [...] »

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Gettysburg: Turning Point or a Small Stepping-Stone to Victory?
colored lithograph, The battle of Gettysburg, 1863, Currier & Ives, LOC

History is often muddled by modern hindsight. Discover the true meaning of [...] »