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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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Dox Thrash: An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered
Photo, Dox Thrash Signing an Impression..., June 26 1941, J. Rolland, FWA:WPA.

View depictions of African American life by artist Dox Thrash.

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History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
Photograph, Barracks Door, Colored CCC, New Deal Network.

Provides links, primary sources, and eight modules for teachers and students [...] »

American Family Immigration History Center
Photo, Immigrants aboard a ship heading for the.., 1892, The Statue of Liberty..

Records of more than 25 million passengers and crew who passed through Ellis [...] »

History Quiz

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Columbus Day: Stories of Exploration

Which tales of daring exploration do you believe?

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Lewis Hine: Caption Critique

Does a caption change the meaning of a photograph?

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Thanksgiving Dinner in 1943

What traditional Thanksgiving foods would have been hard to come by during [...] »

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The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

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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The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Tennessee Valley Authority

Read the act that gave way to the Tennessee Valley Authority, a major New [...] »

National Museum of the American Indian

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

National Museum of Natural History
Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology [...] »

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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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