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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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A Southern Mill Village: History of Old West Durham

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Department of Transportation: Digital Special Collections
Figure .2232(c) - Two Wheel Landing With Vertical Reactions-Nose Up

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Race and Place

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History Quiz

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Close Up on Hispanic American Heritage

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Beyond the Textbook

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Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

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The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

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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

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Military History
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The U.S. Armed Forces maintain multiple historical offices within each [...] »

U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk

A comprehensive current and historical look at this legislative body and its [...] »

Society for History in the Federal Government
Transparency, U.S. Capitol exteriors, c. 1920-1950, Theodor Horydczak, LoC

Represents historians across executive, judicial, and congressional [...] »

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Quoting Economic Policy
Herbert Hoover delivering a speech

Milton Friedman and Herbert Hoover are excellent sources.

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