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

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Thomas A. Edison Papers

A vast database of Thomas Edison's papers, including correspondence, [...] »

HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things
Photo. Linotype on press car. 1910's. LOC

What American history items do Smithsonian curators like best?

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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 [...] »

History Quiz

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From War to Revolution

Can you answer these questions on figures who took part in the French and [...] »

Stumbling Down the Road to Health

It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . which “healthful” ingredients [...] »

Column A and Column B

In the 19th century, no one expected Chinese food to take off in the United [...] »

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 [...] »

The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
photographic print, Second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 1945 August, LOC

Controversial issues are often simplified in textbooks. Discover the facts [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

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

National Resources

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Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charts, "Educational Attainment," Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is your grandfather more likely to be working now than he would have been in [...] »

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

Mine Safety and Health Administration
Photo, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?...

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Understanding and Appreciating WWII Veterans
Photo, "Women are contributing their skills," Howard Hollem, Aug. 1942, LOC.

Websites that assist students in compiling information on WWII battles, [...] »