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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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Nixon and Sports
Photograph, Nixon and the Longhorns, ca. 1969, Nixon and Sports Images.

Explore the relationship between Nixon's love of sports and his actions as [...] »

Encyclopedia Virginia
women at Stonewall Jackson's tomb

Looking for an extensive collection of sources on Virginia history? Here's a [...] »

China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960-1998
Photo. U.S. to sell gold to China in return for silver Washington D.C. LOC

Trace U.S.-China relations from the 60s through present day.

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History Quiz

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Thanksgiving: Presidential Turkeys

How many turkeys have presidents pardoned?

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Veterans Day: Medals and Merit

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

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Manias of the Gilded Age

Fads, crotchets, crazes, rages, and cultural fevers. Test your knowledge of [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

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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 [...] »

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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Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 reflected the voices of [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
National Postal Museum
Ink on paper, Kodak advertisement, c. 1942, National Postal Museum

When going postal is actually a good thing! Explore the Museum's extensive [...] »

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. [...] »

Selective Service System
Lithograph, Don't wait for the draft--Volunteer, 1917, Library of Congress

Did you know that the draft was used in times of peace, as well as war?

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"Mapping" Primary and Secondary Sources

Is this map a primary source? Or is it secondary? How can you tell?!

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