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.

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

1866: The Birth of Civil Rights

Speaker(s): Eric Foner

A Teacher’s Tour of Ford’s Theatre

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker

In Hope of Liberty: Northern Free Blacks, 1700–1860

Speaker(s): James Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton

Key Moments in American Freedom

Speaker(s): Orlando Patterson

Learning from Lincoln

Speaker(s): Lewis E. Lehrman

Teaching the Constitution

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer

The Effects of the Civil War on the South

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers

The Slaughterhouse Cases

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer

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