Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives

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This book documents "eyewitness" accounts of major events and everyday living throughout American history. Items include a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Jay describing the streets in Paris during the storming of the Bastille in1789; Lady Bird Johnson's audio diary on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert King Stone, President Abraham Lincoln's family physician, who testified on the condition and death of the President after he was shot in April 1865; and Harold Porter, a U.S. soldier who was ...

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Overview

This book documents "eyewitness" accounts of major events and everyday living throughout American history. Items include a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Jay describing the streets in Paris during the storming of the Bastille in1789; Lady Bird Johnson's audio diary on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert King Stone, President Abraham Lincoln's family physician, who testified on the condition and death of the President after he was shot in April 1865; and Harold Porter, a U.S. soldier who was with the first medical unit to enter the Dachau concentration camp after its liberation at the end of World War II. These and many other accounts take the form of letters, diaries, court testimony, and official reports that reflect the breadth and richness of the American experience. Full-color images of the documents, and reproductions of the graphic images selected to complement them, combine to reveal the eloquence of the witnesses and the drama of the events they describe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856676352
  • Publisher: Wilson, Philip Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.73 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacey Bredhoff is senior curator on the Exhibits Staff at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Allen Weinstein, Ninth Archivist of the United States
Introduction
• Onset of the French Revolution, report from Thomas Jefferson written from Paris, 1789
Confrontations for Justice
• March from Selma to Montgomery, "Bloody Sunday," testimony of John Lewis, 1965
• Susan B. Anthony at the voting polls, testimony of election official Beverly Jones, 1872
Scenes from Hell
• A threat of bioterrorism, George Washington's report to Congress, 1775
• Internment of American Civilians in the Philippines, Report of American Red Cross worker Marie Adams, 1945
• Atrocities at Dachau concentration camp, letter from US army medic Harold Porter, 1945
Free at Last
• An escape from slavery, letter from John Boston, 1862
• Reunification of Germany, report from German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, 1990
Passing of an Era
• President Herbert Hoover's last days in office, diary of his secretary Theodore Joslin, 1933
• President Richard Nixon's last hours in office, diary of Republican National Committee Chairman, George H.W. Bush, 1974
Fallen Leaders
• Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, diary account of Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963
• Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, testimony of the President's family physician, Robert King Stone, 1865
Leaders in Crisis
• President Harry S. Truman meets Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, diary of the President, 1945
• Emergency Meeting of the President's Advisers, notes of White House butler Alonzo Fields, 1950
War at Sea
• Sinking of the Lusitania, Report of Walter Schwieger, Commander of the German submarine that sank the Lusitania, 1915
• Sinking of the Cumberland (wooden frigate sunk by the Confederate ironclad Virginia), account of Cumberland crew member Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1862
Personal Encounters
• John Adams at St. James Palace, report to the Secretary of State, 1785
• Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Kennedy at Windsor Castle, diary account of Rose Kennedy, 1938
• Pope John Paul II at the White House, notes of President Jimmy Carter, 1979
Americans on the Move
• Exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains, report of John C. Fremont, leader of the expedition, 1843
• Transcontinental convoy, report of army observer Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1919
• Journey from South Dakota to Missouri, diary account of Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1894
• Apollo 8 Space Mission
• Further Reading
• Acknowledgments
• Index

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