The American Civil War

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.

A Teacher’s Tour of Ford’s Theatre

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

Speaker(s): James M. McPherson

Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

Speaker(s): Richard M. Blackett

Lincoln as Commander in Chief

Speaker(s): James M. McPherson

Living and Dying in the Civil War

Speaker(s): Aaron Sheehan-Dean

The American Fascination with the Civil War

Speaker(s): Gary W. Gallagher

The Civil War in American Memory

Speaker(s): Gary W. Gallagher

The Effects of the Civil War on the South

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Speaker(s): James G. Basker, Eric Foner

The “Lost Cause”

Speaker(s): Gary W. Gallagher

What Caused the Civil War?

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers

Why the Union Won

Speaker(s): Gary W. Gallagher

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Abraham Lincoln and the English Imagination

Speaker(s): Adam I. P. Smith

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Speaker(s): Richard Carwardine

American History and the World

Speaker(s): Thomas Bender

Comments on Lincoln Lectures

Speaker(s): Patricia Clavin

Criticisms of the Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Allen C. Guelzo

Global Lincoln Roundtable Discussion

Speaker(s): Richard M. Blackett, Jorg Nagler, and Peter S. Onuf

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Speaker(s): David S. Reynolds

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

Speaker(s): David S. Reynolds

Key Moments in American Freedom

Speaker(s): Orlando Patterson

Learning from Lincoln

Speaker(s): Lewis E. Lehrman

Lincoln and Race

Speaker(s): James Oakes

Lincoln and Wales

Speaker(s): Kenneth O. Morgan

Lincoln in Latin America

Speaker(s): Nicola Miller

Lincoln’s Family and Childhood

Speaker(s): Catherine Clinton

Lincoln’s Views on Slavery

Speaker(s): Allen C. Guelzo

No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North

Speaker(s): Adam I. P. Smith

The Bondwoman’s Narrative

Speaker(s): Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Emancipation Proclamation

Speaker(s): Allen C. Guelzo

War, Slavery, and Emancipation

Speaker(s): Stephanie McCurry

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