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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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Building an Archives

Learn about the history of the National Archives as well as how to start [...] »

For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan
Article, Marshall Sees Europe in Need of Vast New..., June 6 1947, Wash. Post, 1

This website gives a broad introduction to the Marshall Plan and is home to [...] »

Death of the Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland
Image, PBS Online: Death of the Dream.

Begin your background research on prairie farmhouses with this website.

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History Quiz

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Exploration and Innovation

Crossing vast oceans required specialized tools and knowledge. Discover more [...] »

Carriages and Wagons

Trade in your old Cabriolet for a new 1876 Landau? Test your knowledge of [...] »

Teaching the 20th

When does the past go from 'recent' to 'history?' Consider these questions [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

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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National Resources

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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Looking for a way to fund graduate education related to teaching the U.S. [...] »

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Photo, Kids watching rockets at the Summer Adventure, LANL site

Follow the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the protection [...] »

Federal Aviation Administration

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

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Selling a Slave
Receipt for sale of a slave boy named George, November 6, 1833.  National Archiv

The obstacles and restraints on disposing of one's human "property."

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