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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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American Originals Part II
Peary sledge party at the North Pole, April 7, 1909 NARA

Introduce students to 25 documents selected by the National Archives for [...] »

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Photo, Keeping fit with the medicine ball, 1927, Edwin William Krauter, NYPL

Learn about race in the Progressive Era through the life of Jack Johnson, [...] »

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A Culture Productive of Infinite Wretchedness

How did the American colonies get addicted to growing tobacco?

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Back to the Future . . .

In the year 1900, what did Americans think the next century would bring?

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War of Invaders

What do these biased narratives of the French and Indian War tell us?

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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 [...] »

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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Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

Tried and executed in 1822, along with many other slaves, for a plotted [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census counts everyone! It creates a current image of the nation [...] »

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Commemorate the lives of the millions of people murdered during the [...] »

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 [...] »

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Supreme Court Nominations
Reagan and his nominee Sandra Day O'Connor

How many "yeas" and "nays" on the path to being a Supreme Court justice?

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