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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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Museum of the City of San Francisco: The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire
Painting, Evacuation of San Francisco by Sea, 1906-36, William Alexander Coulter

Learn about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, how it destroyed the [...] »

Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History through Family Papers
Detail, homepage

Experience Caucasian, middle-class Northeastern life through the collections [...] »

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law, 1965-1971
Photo. The "Road Hog" bus, El Rito, New Mexico. 1968. Lisa Law

Check out the music scene, communes, and protests of the 1960s.

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The Garden of Infants

Kindergarten came to America in the 19th century on a wave of German [...] »

We the People . . . Rarely Agree

What does the Constitution mean to you? Match each quote to the historical [...] »

Mapping the Past

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south.

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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, [...] »

Huey Long
Stereograph, U.S. Senator Huey Long, c.1933, Keystone View Company

How exactly did U.S. Senator Huey Long intend to end poverty across the U.S [...] »

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 [...] »

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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Service-learning and history don't have to be exclusive. Consider the [...] »

National Museum of the American Indian

Make sure that your students know not all Native Americans lived in tipis or [...] »

National Institutes of Health
Photo, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 1960-1980, Office of History, NIH

Repository for the history of the federal agency, medical profession, and [...] »

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Cold War Wrestling Match
1961, B&W photo, Meeting in Vienna: JFK and Khrushchev, Presidential Library

How political cartoons illustrate international events and the artists [...] »