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
Puerto Rico Encyclopedia/Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico

Connect with your ELL students with this bilingual Puerto Rico Encyclopedia [...] »

Little Cowpuncher: Rural School Newspaper of Southern Arizona
Header, Little Cowpuncher, vol. 2, no. 7, March 1936, Boboquivari School

If you were a pioneer, what would you have to say about your schooling? [...] »

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive
Photo, Chinese cobbler in Portland's Chinatown, 1889, Oregon Historical Society

Which ethnic groups have made their homes in the Columbia River Basin?

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
Voices of Women's Reform

There’s more to it than Seneca Falls.

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Sand, Sea, and Oil: Operation Desert Storm

It's in the name: "Desert." How did the environment affect the Persian Gulf [...] »

America's Love for the Automobile

An Exciting Whiff of Danger or La Belle Dame sans Merci?

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

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? [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Smithsonian
Negative, Dinsmore, Frances. Of Smithsonian. . . , 1915, Harris & Ewing, LoC

What can 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo offer your [...] »

Architect of the Capitol

What do our buildings tell us about ourselves? Take a spin around this [...] »

U.S. Senate Historical Office
Lithograph, "The Great Congressional Tramp. . . ," 1882, Mayer, U.S. Senate site

Political cartoons, photos, oral histories, artifacts, essays, and facts. [...] »

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A Trail of 4,000 Tears
Painting, The Trail of Tears, Robert Lindneux, Woolaroc Museum

Discover the ramifications of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

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