This is a great interactive site for kids interested in reading first-hand accounts of what it was like in the ancient world, medieval times, the Civil War, the Old West, and many other historical time periods. The Destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD is brought vividly to life through eyewitness accounts, maps, diagrams, and images of other volcanic disasters, as well as pictures of the uncovered ruins. The site features a fascinating account of the last hours of Abraham Lincoln, shortly after the fatal shooting at Ford’s Theater when the great man fought for his life in a house across the street. Students can feel the panic of doctors and witnesses as the president finally succumbs to his wounds through the eyes of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s navy secretary. First-hand accounts of the Death Of Thomas a Becket, Custer’s Last Stand, The Battle of Wounded Knee, and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’s Great Union-Pacific Train Robbery provide for interesting reading about the Wild West. Other events of historical significance recounted in documents by those who were there include the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the execution of Louis XVI, Frederick Douglass’s escape from slavery, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and Capt. Robert Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole.
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