Multimedia

The Great Depression

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.

Severity of Economic Hardship During the Depression

Speaker(s): David M. Kennedy Duration: 1 minute 52 seconds

The American West and the Great Depression

Speaker(s): Richard White Duration: 2 minutes 21 seconds

The Causes of the Great Depression

Speaker(s): David M. Kennedy Duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917–1950

Speaker(s): Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Duration: 57 minutes 12 seconds

America between the Wars, 1917–1940, Part 1

Speaker(s): Michael Kazin Duration: 55 minutes 15 seconds

America between the Wars, 1917–1940, Part 2

Speaker(s): Michael Kazin Duration: 55 minutes 28 seconds

Changes in Supreme Court Doctrine in the 1930s

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 44 minutes 13 seconds

Defining Moment: FDR’s First Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

Speaker(s): Jonathan Alter and Alan Brinkley Duration: 38 minutes 49 seconds

Defining the Twentieth Century

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

Economic and Financial Crises in American History

Speaker(s): Richard Sylla Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes 20 seconds

Economic and Financial Crises in American History Day 3

Speaker(s): Richard Sylla Duration: 0 seconds

Economic and Financial Crises in American History Day 5

Speaker(s): Richard Sylla Duration: 0 seconds

Economic and Financial Crises in American History, Part 1

Speaker(s): Richard Sylla Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes 17 seconds

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Role in the White House

Speaker(s): Alan Brinkley Duration: 1 minute 52 seconds

FDR’s Personal History and Influences

Speaker(s): Alan Brinkley Duration: 3 minutes 44 seconds

FDR’s Use of Radio

Speaker(s): Michael Flamm Duration: 1 minute 55 seconds

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

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

Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974

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

Great Biographies: African American Athletes

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

In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America

Speaker(s): Alice Kessler-Harris Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 41 seconds

Parks and Politics: A Look at Federal Land

Speaker(s): Patricia Limerick Duration: 51 minutes 26 seconds

The American West in the 1930s and 1940s

Speaker(s): Richard White Duration: 1 minute 53 seconds

The American West in the Depression and the New Deal

Speaker(s): Richard White Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes 11 seconds

The Impact of the New Deal

Speaker(s): Alan Brinkley Duration: 1 minute 28 seconds

Visions of State in the New Deal Era: International Perspectives

Speaker(s): Alan Brinkley Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 6 seconds