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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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Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
Oil painting, Accused of Witchcraft, 1884, Douglas Volk, Corcoran Gallery.

Examine the verbatim transcripts of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.

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The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley, 1901

Learn about the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley at the Pan- [...] »

NativeWeb: Resources for Indigneous Cultures Around the World
Photo, On the Reservation, March 19, 2009, matsubatsu, Flickr

A unique website designed to foster communication regarding all of the [...] »

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Native American Heritage Month: Questioning Photos

Photographs capture how someone appeared at one moment in time. But who [...] »

African American History Month: Civil Rights Worldwide

These African American civil rights activists affected more than the U.S. [...] »

The Big Picture: Match the Ad to the Year

Be it the radio or the television, the slogans related to popular or [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

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

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 [...] »

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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National Resources

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Government Printing Office
Photo, Headlines posted in street. . , 1940, Jack Delano, Flickr Commons

GPO is the Federal Government's resource for preserving and providing access [...] »

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Lithograph, [Patent medicine label for unnamed. . . ], 1830-1870, LoC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has images of patents online [...] »

National Institute for Literacy
Photo, "Artis struisvogel leest krant van oppasser,"1951, Flickr Commons

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Try incorporating literacy [...] »

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Divided Loyalties?
Which one is our star?

How citizenship determines eligibility for the U.S. presidency.

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