Development of the West

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.

How Did Manifest Destiny Shape the American West?

Speaker(s): Maria Montoya Duration: 1 minute 52 seconds

Parks and Politics: A Look at Federal Land

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

The American West: A Work in Progress

Speaker(s): Patricia Limerick Duration: 47 minutes 55 seconds

The American West: Urban v. Rural

Speaker(s): Richard White Duration: 2 minutes 12 seconds

The Emergence of the Frontier, the Expansion of Railroads, and Mining

Speaker(s): William G. Thomas Duration: 52 minutes 32 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War

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