Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Last Witness

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The General Slocum

On June 15, 1904, a steamship called the General Slocum left the pier on East Third Street in New York …

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My Iron Lung

On June 8, 1953, five-year-old Martha Lillard contracted polio. She spent six months in the hospital, where she was put …

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Last Witness: The Kerner Commission

Former Senator Oklahoma Fred Harris is the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission, a group appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the root causes of the violence and civil unrest that swept the nation in the late ’60s.

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Remembering Olivia Hooker

Olivia Hooker was one of the last surviving witnesses to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

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Last Witness: Mission to Hiroshima

Russell Gackenbach is the only surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This is his story.

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Last Witness: The General Slocum

In 1904, a steamship on its way to a church picnic sank in the East River. More than 1,000 people, many of them women and children, died in the disaster.

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