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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Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online (1841-1902)

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Mount Vernon
Image, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Garden.

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Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1776
Engraving, A View of the Year 1765, Paul Revere

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20th-century Jewish Immigration
Dry plate negative, approx. 1920-1930, Jewish colonies and settlements, LOC

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Women's Reform Movement
Print, A downright gabbler, or a goose that deserves to be hissed, 1829

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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 [...] »

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

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