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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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Interpreting the Declaration of Independence by Translation
In Congress, July 4, 1776, a declaration by the representatives. LOC

Is the Declaration of Independence the same document when in a foreign [...] »

Divining America: Religion and the National Culture
Photo, Presbyterian missionary Kate McBeth.., late 19th c., Idaho Hist. Society.

A comprehensive history of religion and major religious events within the [...] »

History Quiz

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Voices in the Whirlwind

To each prophet, a certain way of speaking. Match civil rights leaders with [...] »

Riding the Rails

How many cows could a cowcatcher catch, if a cowcatcher could catch cows? [...] »

Remembering All Veterans

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
Labor and Trade in Colonial America
Photo, Weavers at Colonial Williamsburg, May 29, 2010, animalvegetable, Flickr

Was colonial trade really triangular? What kinds of work did colonists do, [...] »

Panic of 1873
Panic as a Health Officer Cleaning the Streets

Beginning in Europe, the Panic of 1873 quickly spread to the United States [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
Federal Reserve Board

The economy's on everyone's mind. Take advantage of that fact to teach a bit [...] »

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Photo, NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Since its inception, NASA has accomplished many scientific and technological [...] »

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Negative, Victory Corps. . . , Alfred T. Palmer, September-October 1942, LoC

Did you know that there is a specific law enforcement agency for firearm [...] »

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Animating the Home Front
war worker from 1945 Philco advertisement

What happens when cartoon characters go to war?

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