Eyewitness to History's tagline is "History through the eyes of those who lived it." The site offers a very large collection of eyewitness accounts of a comprehensive collection of historical events spanning ancient times to the present.
Excerpt from an 1861 account by Pony Express rider Buffalo Bill Cody
As I was leaving Horse Creek one day, a party of fifteen Indians 'jumped me' in a sand ravine about a mile west of the station. They fired at me repeatedly, but missed their mark. I was mounted on a roan California horse - the fleetest steed I had. Putting spurs and whip to him, and lying flat on his back, I kept straight on for Sweetwater Bridge - eleven miles distant - instead of trying to turn back to Horse Creek. The Indians came on in hot pursuit, but my horse soon got away from them, and ran into the station two miles ahead of them. The stock-tender had been killed there that morning, and all the stock had been driven off by the Indians, and as I was therefore unable to change horses, I continued on to Ploutz's Station - twelve miles further - thus making twenty-four miles straight run with one horse. I told the people at Ploutz's what had happened at Sweetwater Bridge, and with a fresh horse went on and finished the trip without any further adventure.In addition to textual content, Eyewitness to History includes photographic, audio, and video content as well. For example, there is audio of a live 1945 radio broadcast describing the American assault on the beaches of Iwo Jima. Students can watch a video showing the ravages of the Dust Bowl in 1936.
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Eyewitness to History is your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming.