World War II

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.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Speaker(s): John W. Dower Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes 28 seconds

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

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

Introduction to Supreme Court Controversies throughout History

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 18 minutes 59 seconds

Washington, Grant, Marshall: Three Soldiers and American Ways of War, Part 3: Marshall

Speaker(s): Josiah Bunting III Duration: 46 minutes 13 seconds

WWII and the Transformation of the American West

Speaker(s): Richard White Duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

The Origins of the Cold War

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

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

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

Defining the Twentieth Century

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

Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution

Speaker(s): Mark Neely Duration: 28 minute

The Legal History of Desegregation

Speaker(s): Jack Rakove Duration: 37 minutes 26 seconds

Visions of State in the New Deal Era: International Perspectives

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

War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

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