The Fifties

These videos and podcasts by eminent scholars, master teachers, and other speakers open a variety of ways to explore American history. The presentations range from two- or three-minute interview clips to hour-long lectures. Whether you watch them in class, assign them to your students for homework, or download them to your iPod for a long road trip, each one can give you new insight into the past.

Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974

Speaker(s): James T. Patterson Duration: 39 minutes 55 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

The Origins of the Cold War

Speaker(s): John Lewis Gaddis Duration: 58 minutes 10 seconds

America at the End of the Twentieth Century, Part 2

Speaker(s): James T. Patterson Duration: 55 minutes 21 seconds

Brown v. Board of Education and Its Effect on Civil Rights

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 54 minutes 15 seconds

Defining the Twentieth Century

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 57 minutes 58 seconds

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

Speaker(s): David M. Kennedy Duration: 54 minutes 11 seconds

Great Biographies: African American Athletes

Speaker(s): Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Duration: 17 minutes 32 seconds

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Speaker(s): Anthony J. Badger Duration: 4 minutes 51 seconds

Non-Violent Methods of Protest

Speaker(s): Anthony J. Badger Duration: 4 minutes 22 seconds

Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

Speaker(s): Anthony J. Badger Duration: 3 minutes 5 seconds

Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II

Speaker(s): Joseph W. Trotter Duration: 17 minutes 14 seconds

The Legal Battle for Racial Equality, 1787–1954

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 46 minutes 42 seconds

The Origins of the Vietnam War

Speaker(s): John Prados Duration: 54 minutes 59 seconds

What are the legacies of the civil rights movement?

Speaker(s): Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Duration: 3 minutes 19 seconds