Spotlight on Elementary Education

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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Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959

Early 20th century Washington is captured in this collection of 14,350 [...] »

Hispano Music and Culture from the Northern Rio Grande
Photograph, Juan B. Rael interviewing Manuela Martinez, Taos, NM, ca. 1930, LoC.

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Mount Vernon
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Denmark Vesey
An official report of the trials of sundry Negroes, 1822

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