The American Civil War

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.

A Teacher’s Tour of Ford’s Theatre

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 10 minutes 59 seconds

A Teacher’s Tour of the Battle of Gettysburg

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 54 seconds

Civil War 150: Tour of the Traveling Exhibition

Speaker(s): Susan Saidenberg Duration: 12 minutes 8 seconds

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

Speaker(s): James M. McPherson Duration: 46 minutes 40 seconds

Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

Speaker(s): Richard M. Blackett Duration: 49 minutes 13 seconds

Lincoln as Commander in Chief

Speaker(s): James M. McPherson Duration: 30 minutes 3 seconds

Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: The Role of Providence in Political Leadership

Speaker(s): Lucas Morel Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes 20 seconds

Living and Dying in the Civil War

Speaker(s): Aaron Sheehan-Dean Duration: 15 minutes 25 seconds

Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

Speaker(s): David Blight Duration: 55 minutes 57 seconds

Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend

Speaker(s): James I. Robertson Duration: 31 minutes 8 seconds

The American Fascination with the Civil War

Speaker(s): Gary Gallagher Duration: 3 minutes 11 seconds

The Blind Memorandum: Abraham Lincoln and Leadership

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 7 minutes 44 seconds

The Civil War in American Memory

Speaker(s): Gary Gallagher Duration: 45 minutes 31 seconds

The Effects of the Civil War on the South

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 1 minute 45 seconds

The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln through His Words

Speaker(s): Ronald C. White Duration: 37 minutes 31 seconds

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Speaker(s): James G. Basker, Eric Foner Duration: 36 minutes 12 seconds

The Men of Company E: Confronting Freedom after the Civil War

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 3 minutes 38 seconds

The “Lost Cause”

Speaker(s): Gary Gallagher Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds

Washington, Grant, Marshall: Three Soldiers and American Ways of War, Part 2: Grant

Speaker(s): Josiah Bunting III Duration: 53 minutes 24 seconds

What Caused the Civil War?

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 1 minute 37 seconds

Why the Union Won

Speaker(s): Gary Gallagher Duration: 1 minute 13 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Abraham Lincoln and the English Imagination

Speaker(s): Adam I.P. Smith Duration: 23 minutes 58 seconds

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Speaker(s): Richard Carwardine Duration: 34 minutes 34 seconds

American History and the World

Speaker(s): Thomas Bender Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds

Comments on Lincoln Lectures

Speaker(s): Patricia Clavin Duration: 8 minutes 33 seconds

Criticisms of the Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 4 minutes 28 seconds

Global Lincoln Roundtable Discussion

Speaker(s): Richard Blackett, Jorg Nagler, and Peter Onuf Duration: 37 minutes 31 seconds

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Speaker(s): David Reynolds Duration: 26 minute

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Q&A

Speaker(s): David Reynolds Duration: 6 minutes 13 seconds

Hating and Loving the “Real” Abe Lincoln: Lincoln and the American South

Speaker(s): David Blight Duration: 38 minutes 31 seconds

Key Moments in American Freedom

Speaker(s): Orlando Patterson Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 31 seconds

Learning from Lincoln

Speaker(s): Lewis Lehrman Duration: 29 minutes 1 second

Lincoln and Race

Speaker(s): James Oakes Duration: 22 minutes 51 seconds

Lincoln and the Rights of Black Americans

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 33 minutes 50 seconds

Lincoln and Wales

Speaker(s): Lord Morgan FBA Duration: 22 minutes 55 seconds

Lincoln in Latin America

Speaker(s): Nicola Miller Duration: 22 minutes 8 seconds

Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution

Speaker(s): Mark Neely Duration: 28 minute

Lincoln, the Civil War, and the British: History and Historiography

Speaker(s): Lawrence Goldman Duration: 18 minutes 16 seconds

Lincoln’s Family and Childhood

Speaker(s): Catherine Clinton Duration: 22 minutes 8 seconds

Lincoln’s Views on Slavery

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 1 minute 46 seconds

No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North

Speaker(s): Adam I.P. Smith Duration: 49 minutes 29 seconds

Russian-American diplomacy During the Civil War

Speaker(s): Norman Saul Duration: 25 minutes 1 second

The Bondwoman’s Narrative

Speaker(s): Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Duration: 58 minute

The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America

Speaker(s): Kevin Phillips Duration: 36 minutes 8 seconds

The Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds

War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

Speaker(s): Andrew Carroll Duration: 31 minutes 24 seconds

War, Slavery, and Emancipation

Speaker(s): Stephanie McCurry Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 12 seconds

What Would Lincoln Do? How Lincoln’s Legacy is Used and Abused in Today’s Washington

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker, Richard Norton Smith, Craig Symonds, Michael Lind, James Swanson, Sarah Jencks Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 24 seconds