The Failure of Compromise

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.

No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North

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

War between Neighbors: The Coming of the Civil War

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 37 minutes 43 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

A Teacher’s Tour of Ford’s Theatre

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

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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

Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Journey

Speaker(s): Harold Holzer Duration: 17 minutes 30 seconds

Civil War 150: Tour of the Traveling Exhibition

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

Dred and Harriet Scott: A Family Story of Slavery and Freedom

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 4 minutes 39 seconds

Dred Scott and the Constitutionality of Slavery

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 38 minutes 41 seconds

Global Lincoln Roundtable Discussion

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

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

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

Learning from Lincoln

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

Lincoln and Wales

Speaker(s): Kenneth O. Morgan Duration: 22 minutes 55 seconds

Lincoln at Cooper Union

Speaker(s): Harold Holzer Duration: 29 minutes 20 seconds

Lincoln at Peoria

Speaker(s): Lewis E. Lehrman Duration: 39 minutes 32 seconds

The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln through His Words

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

What Caused the Civil War?

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