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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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Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Compare Republican and Democrat accounts of the great debates.

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Red Scare (1918-1921)

Could the Bolsheviks and radicalism destroy the American way of life?

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Rebellion: John Horse and the Black Seminoles
Engraving, A Scene on the Frontiers . . . , 1812, William Charles, LoC

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African American History Month: Civil Rights Worldwide

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Theatre of the People

Through performing art, U.S. minorities assert their identities. Answer [...] »

Selling the Dream

"Don’t Sell the Steak—Sell the Sizzle!"

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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 [...] »

Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era
Photographic Print, Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 May 1, L

The historical impact young girls had on the Progressive Era is often [...] »

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 [...] »

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U.S. Department of Education

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Students Abroad

If you're lucky enough to be able to arrange an international trip, know [...] »

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Are you a special education educator? Teach in an inclusive classroom?

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Kitty Hawk During the Time of the Wright Brothers
orville wright in flight

Schooling and transportation of goods were of greater concern to most than [...] »