Eyewitness To History

May 12th, 2005 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

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Bookmark this website now! It offers an amazing account of many historical events throughout recorded time by people who were actually there! Using primary source documents and multi-media technology, this site brings history to life in a way no textbook ever could.

When you get to the site, you will see several menus:

  1. At the top of the page, on the left side of your screen you will see the title, “Eye Witness to History.com” and below it some images. Roll your cursor over them for the name of the historic event or person (i.e., Lawrence of Arabia, Invasion of England in 1066, Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon in 49 BC) that matches the picture. If the title intrigues you, click on it to read an eyewitness account.
  2. Also at the top of the page, but on the right side of your screen, you will see a menu that includes the current spotlighted eyewitness accounts (for example the Suicide of Socrates, 399 BC) as well as new features at the site, a notable quotation, and a photo of the week. Click on any of the titles to read an eyewitness account.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and you will see a menu titled “Inside.” This is where you can access the contents of the entire site. The menu includes:
    • Index of EyeWitness Accounts — An amazing archive of eyewitness accounts of historical events from the Ancient World through the 20th Century. Read the interesting accounts in text that is accompanied by pictures and illustrations.
    • SnapShots — A really cool use of technology allows you to roll your cursor over a black and white photo of an historical incident, revealing color and text that highlights an aspect of the event. Click on it – it’s a photographic gateway to history. (Includes immigration at the turn of the 20th century, WWI, The Great Depression and more.)
    • Voices of the 20th Century — For all of you auditory learners this section allows you to listen to actual recordings and broadcasts of historical events through RealPlayer. You can hear a radio reporter providing an eyewitness account of D-Day, 1944, listen to Robert Peary describe planting the American flag at the North Pole in 1909, hear Tokyo Rose broadcasts from 1944 and more.

Note: When you click on any of the above pages — notice the new menu that appears at the top of your screen that organizes the archives by era including: Ancient World, Middle Ages/Renaissance, 17th/18th/19th centuries, Civil War, Old West, and more!

This website offers a terrific way to enhance any study of history through the eyes of those who lived it.


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