Making history come alive

scotusA couple of websites that are fairly new to the scene offer sound, sight and video, making past events interesting to more than just history buffs. The Oyez (say “oh yay”) Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. You can listen(!) to the cases being argued back to 1955 and follow along with the transcripts. Hear Roe V. Wade, or perhaps something closer to home, such as Northwest Airlines, Inc. v. County of Kent, Michigan. The Grand Rapids Public Library has all the Supreme Court cases back to the beginning, and Oyez is a big enhancement to an important part of American History.
Another terrific website is Clouds Over Cuba. To bring awareness to the events surrounding it, this site offers a detailed retelling of the weeks leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Watch over 50-year-old footage of President Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, and even Che Guevara. The library, of course, has loads of information on this very real threat from our fairly recent past. “Clouds Over Cuba” complements other historical sources in technologically sophisticated design. Allow 2 hours to watch it all.

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