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U.S. History Topics » Government » Presidents

The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

provides 28 films that include footage of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, President McKinley at his second inauguration, and McKinley's funeral. Two brief essays recall the politics and status of the U.S. at the turn of the century. (Library of Congress)

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The film begins with a slow pan over the tower building of the exposition, which was lighted by electric lights. The pan goes from a daylight shot of the grounds to what appears to be a special effect

Pan-American Exposition by night

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