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December 2006

Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives
A vibrant peek into America's past..
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8, 9-12


This interactive online exhibit is a complement to an exhibit at the National Archives. It allows visitors to explore extraordinary photographs and primary documents from the collections of the National Archives as they learn from firsthand accounts of historical events


This beautifully created site uses Flash technology for interactivity and easy navigation. After users enter the exhibit, a top navigation bar leads them to the table of contents where. Documents, photographs and paintings can be accessed directly from the icons at the top left of each slide.



Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives offers visitors the opportunity to view history from the perspective of the people who lived it such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Harry S. Truman and George H.W. Bush. All of these personal accounts will lead users to a deeper understanding of the events that are featured. The primary documents are grouped into broad themes such as Confrontations for Justice, Scenes from Hell, Free At Last, Passing of an Era, Fallen Leaders, Leaders in Crisis, Personal Encounters, and America on the Move. For example, in the Confrontations for Justice feature, visitors can read the transcript of the testimony of John Lewis, Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), concerning the events of “Bloody Sunday” during the Civil Rights march in Selma, Alabama in 1965, or the testimony of Beverly W. Jones, an election official in New York, at the trial of Susan B. Anthony for illegal voting.


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