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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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Website Reviews

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Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd
Johnie's Coffee Shop, 2005

California educators, lead your students on an interactive journey down Los [...] »

Sanborn® Fire Insurance Maps for Georgia Towns and Cities, 1884-1922
Map, Atlanta, Ga. 1886, Sheet 11, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Georgia Towns

More than 540 urban maps of Georgia from between 1884 and 1922, detailing [...] »

Accessible Archives
Illustration, Lady's Back Fashions for May 1840., May 1840, Godey's Lady's Book.

Presents articles from 18th- and 19th-century newspapers, magazines, and [...] »

History Quiz

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European Explorers in North America after Columbus

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

When Whales Lit the World

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

Presidential Valentines

The politics of love—answer these questions about valentines to and from U.S [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

John Brown's Raid
Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? [...] »

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

Federal teaching resources
Selective Service System
Lithograph, Don't wait for the draft--Volunteer, 1917, Library of Congress

Did you know that the draft was used in times of peace, as well as war?

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U.S. Mint

A magician may be able to pull coins out of thin air, but most of us can't [...] »

Mine Safety and Health Administration
Photo, Mule driver, adolescent. . . , 1915, U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA site

Ever considered using mining to teach labor history?...

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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 [...] »