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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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Teach Women's History Project

Provides teaching and reference materials on the women's rights movement of [...] »

Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson

Learn about Andrew Johnson's impeachment through contemporary accounts and [...] »

Knowing Poe
Painting, Oval Photograph of Poe, 1849, Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Introduce your students to one of America's great masters of horror.

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History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
War of Invaders

What do these biased narratives of the French and Indian War tell us?

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Fashion Maven

Do you have your mother's—and her mother's—fashion sense?

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The Garden of Infants

Kindergarten came to America in the 19th century on a wave of German [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Early Conservation Movement
photographic print, Quentin Roosevelt Planting a Tree, c1904, Edward S. Curtis,

The "go-green" movement is rampant in modern America. However, support for [...] »

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 [...] »

Causes of the American Revolution
Broadside, A card, New York, 1774, LoC, rbpe 10700100

What were the causes of the American Revolution? They were more complicated [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo, Barking Frog, Mark A. Musselman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The government acts for fauna as well as society. When did this start? Why [...] »

Federal Judicial Center
Photo, Harry Anstead. . . , 2000, Newhall Photography, Flickr Commons

The Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency for federal [...] »

National Endowment for the Arts

Watch videos on jazz and opera history, courtesy of the National Endowment [...] »

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James Madison's Failed Amendments
James Madison and broadside with proposed amendments

Apportionment in the House of Representatives and pay raises for Congress [...] »