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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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Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819

Uncover novels, readers, hymnals, almanacs, diaries, maps, treaties, and [...] »

Turning Points in Wisconsin History
Photo, Capitol. . . , before 1898, John B. Winslow, Wisconsin Historical Society

Primary documents, background information, and lesson plans for Wisconsin [...] »

Florida Heritage Collection
Detail, homepage

Explore Florida state, regional, and local history.

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History Quiz

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To the Source!

Where do historians turn for historical evidence?

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Teaching the 20th

When does the past go from 'recent' to 'history?' Consider these questions [...] »

Turning Turtle: Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea

The ship's on her beam-ends and all's lost! Test your knowledge of maritime [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

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

Divided into two waves of immigration by textbooks, the continuity of [...] »

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 [...] »

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. Coast Guard
Art, Auxliarist, Lew Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard

Who protects U.S. interests in international and domestic waters?

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Preserve America

Preserve America is a White House initiative uniting the work of 11 federal [...] »

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Typical in the 1930s
one of the official typical families at the 1939 NY World's Fair

A panel of judges enlisted by the New York World’s Fair Corporation looked [...] »