Monday, September 8, 2008

Read This! Eyewitness to History

King Tut Funeral Mask

Entering King Tut's tomb: "At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold." Indian Attack

Captured by Indians: "Riding around rapidly and firing at us, I and my two companions returned the fire over the backs of the mustangs and ponies which were used as a breastwork. The circle gradually became smaller in diameter, when a shot from the gun of one of the herders killed an Indian. A rush was now made upon us, our arms wrested from us, and ourselves speedily bound together with thongs. The mustangs and ponies were promptly seized, and we were prisoners. Further resistance was useless. We were helpless in the hands of twelve powerful Indians." Elvis & Nixon

Elvis meets Nixon: "Presley indicated to the President in a very emotional manner that he was 'on your side.' Presley kept repeating that he wanted to be helpful, that he wanted to restore some respect for the flag which was being lost. He mentioned that he was just a poor boy from Tennessee who had gotten a lot from his country, which in some way he wanted to repay."

All these eyewitness accounts, and many, many more, are available at Eyewitness to History, an interesting site with many short articles, audio, and even movies. Designed to stimulate further inquiry, rather than be an exhaustive source, Eyewitness to History is a great place to experience history.

History on Whidbey Island.

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