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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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Powers of Persuasion: Poster Art from World War II
Poster, When You Ride Alone You Ride with Hitler. . . , 1941-1945, NARA

Explore American propaganda and advertising during the second world war.

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Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America

180 documents and artifacts interpret 19th-century westward exploration and [...] »

Archive of Early American Images
Image, The Archive of Early American Images.

Collects more than 4,000 images from books created in Europe between 1492 [...] »

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Airplane Meals

Think you're a post-WWII expert? Test your knowledge with this quiz on the [...] »

A Hoax Provokes Folks: Why Lie?

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

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Women in Blues (and Jazz)

In the early 20th century, the new music recording industry embraced [...] »

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Question textbook narratives
Rise of the Automobile
Photo, Model A Ford in front of antique gas pumps, August 4, 2007, Flickr

Americans today take cars for granted. How did they change American life? [...] »

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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Anacostia Community Museum
Photo, "Ms. Yavocka Wilson," March 11, 1997?, Anacostia Community Museum

What is community? What does it do for us, and how does it shape who we are [...] »

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Photo, Russ Hopcroft, from the University . . . , 2002, Ian MacDonald, NOAA

Explore the history of science and technology, maritime history, and the [...] »

Team Ships

Learn the basic steps to building and commissioning a Navy vessel.

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Introducing Taxation
Engraving, The Tea-Tax Tempest, 1778, NYPL Digital Gallery

Taxes are a part of our everyday life. But was this always true in the [...] »