Thursday, December 13, 2007

Eye Witness to History

I wanted to share with you Countless accounts of history from the ancient World to the present through the eyes of those who lived it... Give it a try, search a topic your interested in. If nothing comes to mind, then just take a look at the index. If still nothing comes to mind, then I see some of my favorites listed below:

The Suicide of Socrates, 399 BC
The philosopher is ordered to be his own executioner

The Fall of Rome •"Who could believe this?" Writing in the year 406, a Roman describes the invasion and destruction of the Empire by the barbarian horde.

The Vikings Discover America, ca. 1000
"There was no want of salmon either in the river or in the lake." Five hundred years before Columbus, the Vikings discover a New World.

The Black Death, 1348
Florence, Italy is hit by an onslaught of death as an epidemic of plague attacks.

Columbus Discovers America, 1492
The "Admiral" describes the first sight of land and landing on the shores of the "New World."

The Salem Witch Trials, 1692
The Puritans of Salem Villagehunt for witches within their midst.

The Boston Tea Party, 1773
The colonials get serious about their tea, igniting the American Revolution

Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776
Thomas Jefferson drafts the announcement of America's separation from England

Washington Crosses the Delaware, 1776
"For God's sake, keep by your officers!" General Washington leads his troops across the ice-swollen Delaware River and into one of the American Revolution's decisive battles.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1863
"It is a flat failure..." Lincoln remarked after the audience's lack of reaction to his speech at Gettysburg.

"learned that not everything in America was what it seemed to be." A foreign visitor gives his observations of America's "Noble Experiment" during the Jazz Age.

Entering King Tut's Tomb, 1922
Howard Carter describes the wonder of discovering the greatest ancient Egyptian treasures ever found.

Apollo 8: First Voyage to the Moon, 1968"Welcome to the moon Houston. . . a vast, lonely, forbidding type of existence, great expanse of nothing. . ." Man's first voyage to the moon.

The Forced Suicide of Field Marshall Rommel, 1944
"I shall be dead in a quarter of an hour." Hitler forces his "favorite General" to take his own life.

The Sentencing and Execution of the Nazi War Criminals, 1946
"Goering came down first and strode into his cell, his face pale and frozen, his eyes popping..." The reaction of the defendants at the Nuremberg Trials gives insight into the mindset of the Nazi hierarchy.

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