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Prologue by the Honorable Leroy R. Hassell

The Honorable Leroy R. Hassell opens the door for exploration into the history of the judicial system in Virginia.

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Early Governance in Virginia

King James granted a charter to the Virginia Company that provided a council of thirteen members “which shall govern and order all matters and causes, which shall arise, grow and happen.” All functions of the government, including the judicial process, were the responsibility of the council and they would act in accordance to the law of England.

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Bacon's Rebellion and Court Reform

There was a mini-revolution in Virginia in called Bacon’s Rebellion. The short-lived rebellion collapsed when Bacon died by the end of 1676.

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Federal Courts

The United States has a dual judicial system, a federal system of Supreme Court and lower federal courts but also a completely developed state judiciary under state constitutions.

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Aurora Student and Web Activity

NASA Connect Segment involving students in an activity that investigates the Aurora Borealis. During the activities the students use geographic coordinates to find and plot locations on maps, draw conclusions using graphical data, and convert centimeters to kilometers.

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Sun-Earth Connection

NASA Connect Segment explaining what NASA is doing to explore auroras. The segment also answers questions like what are the phases of the Aurora and how scientists use satellite images to monitor auroras.

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Charters Of Freedom

NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment describing how NASA atmospheric scientists contributed to the conservation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

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Science | History-Social Science
Pauline Meier

Declaring Independence

For years, the Declaration of Independence sat untouched in a dusty archive. So how did it become one of America’s holiest documents? Historian Pauline Meier talks about how the meanings of “independence” have evolved over time.

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LFM: The Boston Tea Party

On a cold December night in 1773, approximately sixty men disguised with printer's ink and paint boarded three cargo ships lying at anchor in Boston Harbor...and tossed into the water 340 chests of prime Cantonese tea belonging to the British East India Company.

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Benedict Arnold II

Embittered by what he considered lack of recognition of his clearly superior leadership and bravery in battle, Benedict Arnold embarked on a course that made him the most famous traitor in American history.

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