Monday, August 3, 2009

Where History Will Surprise You is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past.

The collections feature documents, most never before available on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, US Presidents, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and many more. is more than just an online repository for original documents. In addition to hosting millions of records, Footnote supports a community of people who are passionate about a variety of topics relating to history.

As can be seen in the example above, the documents at are not merely transcriptions but very high quality images of the original, primary source documents. Click on the example, the resolution for independence introduced by "Light Horse" Harry Lee of Virginia and passed by the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, to enlarge the image to see its size and quality, and then know that the example is half the resolution of the image at

(Incidentally, it was the passing of this resolution which actually declared American independence, not the publishing of Jefferson's public declaration of independence on July 4, 1776, which was previously written and approved in anticipation of the passage of the Lee resolution.)

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