African Americans and Emancipation

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.

1866: The Birth of Civil Rights

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 4 minutes 4 seconds

Africans’ Appropriations of the Symbolism of Abraham Lincoln

Speaker(s): Kevin Gaines Duration: 22 minutes 23 seconds

American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation

Speaker(s): James Basker Duration: 5 minutes 34 seconds

Criticisms of the Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 4 minutes 28 seconds

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

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

Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

Speaker(s): David Blight Duration: 3 minutes 14 seconds

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

Speaker(s): Catherine Clinton Duration: 33 minutes 11 seconds

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 12 minutes 23 seconds

Lincoln and the Rights of Black Americans

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 33 minutes 50 seconds

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 38 minutes 36 seconds

The Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds

War, Slavery, and Emancipation

Speaker(s): Stephanie McCurry Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 12 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 and the English Imagination

Speaker(s): Adam I.P. Smith Duration: 23 minutes 58 seconds

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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

African American Abolitionists

Speaker(s): Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham Duration: 59 minutes 42 seconds

Civil War 150: Tour of the Traveling Exhibition

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

Defining the Twentieth Century

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

Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

Speaker(s): Richard M. Blackett Duration: 49 minutes 13 seconds

Frederick Douglass on Lincoln and Reconstruction

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 1 minute 43 seconds

Generations in Captivity: Slavery in America

Speaker(s): Ira Berlin Duration: 43 minutes 31 seconds

Great Biographies: African American Athletes

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

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Speaker(s): David Reynolds Duration: 26 minute

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Q&A

Speaker(s): David Reynolds Duration: 6 minutes 13 seconds

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

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

Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World

Speaker(s): David Brion Davis Duration: 49 minutes 48 seconds

Introduction to Supreme Court Controversies throughout History

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

Learning from Lincoln

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

Lincoln and Black Abolitionists

Speaker(s): Manisha Sinha Duration: 27 minutes 5 seconds

Lincoln as Commander in Chief

Speaker(s): James M. McPherson Duration: 30 minutes 3 seconds

Lincoln, Slavery, and Nineteenth-Century Abolition

Speaker(s): David Brion Davis Duration: 24 minutes 1 second

Lincoln, the Civil War, and the British: History and Historiography

Speaker(s): Lawrence Goldman Duration: 18 minutes 16 seconds

Lincoln’s Views on Slavery

Speaker(s): Allen Guelzo Duration: 1 minute 46 seconds

Literature Makes History: How Poets Helped End Slavery

Speaker(s): James G. Basker Duration: 37 minutes 14 seconds

No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North

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

Reconstruction and Citizenship

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 54 minutes 47 seconds

Reconstruction and Its Legacy

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 4 minutes 41 seconds

The Bondwoman’s Narrative

Speaker(s): Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Duration: 58 minute

The Changing Views of Reconstruction

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 3 minutes 20 seconds

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Speaker(s): James G. Basker, Eric Foner Duration: 36 minutes 12 seconds

The Importance of Frederick Douglass

Speaker(s): David Blight Duration: 3 minutes 2 seconds

The Legal Battle for Racial Equality, 1787–1954

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 46 minutes 42 seconds

The Men of Company E: Confronting Freedom after the Civil War

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 3 minutes 38 seconds

The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope

Speaker(s): Andrew Delbanco Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes 8 seconds

What Is the Underground Railroad?

Speaker(s): David Blight Duration: 3 minutes 47 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