The Politics of Reform

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.

America between the Wars, 1917–1940, Part 1

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

Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War

Speaker(s): Thomas G. Andrews Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 1 second

Lochner v. New York

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 57 minutes 56 seconds

Reform Cities: Chicago, Osaka, and Moscow

Speaker(s): Blair Ruble Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 46 seconds

The Progressive Era

Speaker(s): Gary Gerstle Duration: 41 minutes 25 seconds

When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House

Speaker(s): Patricia O’Toole Duration: 47 minutes 38 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Calvin Coolidge and Economic Growth

Speaker(s): Amity Shlaes Duration: 41 minutes 40 seconds

Changes in Supreme Court Doctrine in the 1930s

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

Defining the Twentieth Century

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

FDR’s Personal History and Influences

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

Introduction to Supreme Court Controversies throughout History

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

Key Moments in American Freedom

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

Morgan: American Financier

Speaker(s): Jean Strouse Duration: 33 minutes 43 seconds

Parks and Politics: A Look at Federal Land

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

The Lion’s Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War

Speaker(s): Edward J. Renehan, Jr. Duration: 36 minutes 31 seconds