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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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Frontera Collection of Mexican American Music
Photograph, Lydia Mendoza, The Arhoolie Foundation.

Listen to clips from more than 100,000 recordings of Mexican American [...] »

American Slave Narratives
Photo, Arthur Cooper, nha.library, Flickr Commons

Read and listen to firsthand narratives on slave life during the 19th [...] »

Rediscovering George Washington

Take in the latest scholarship on the life of the first U.S. president.

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History Quiz

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Give Me (Nuclear) Shelter

How much do you know about these iconic emblems of Cold War fears?

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When Whales Lit the World

Up to the 20th century, whalers provided oil for the industrial revolution. [...] »

A Hoax Provokes Folks: Why Lie?

Peruse the news, but beware hot air? Examine famous U.S. hoaxes.

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Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

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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Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Graph, "Sentences for those convicted in federal court," BJS

Everyday you read about local crime in the newspaper, but are the rates [...] »

Supreme Court of the United States

From John Jay to Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court is the final word in law [...] »

National Postal Museum
Ink on paper, Kodak advertisement, c. 1942, National Postal Museum

When going postal is actually a good thing! Explore the Museum's extensive [...] »

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Hawaiian Statehood
Screencap, 49th State Albums, 3 Dec 2012

Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1898. Why did it take more than 60 years [...] »