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.

Frederick Douglass on Lincoln and Reconstruction

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 1 minute 43 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 Changing Views of Reconstruction

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

The Politics of Reconstruction

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 23 minutes 19 seconds

The Significance of Reconstruction

Speaker(s): Eric Foner Duration: 0 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

1866: The Birth of Civil Rights

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

A Teacher’s Tour of the Battle of Gettysburg

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 54 seconds

Africans’ Appropriations of the Symbolism of Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Speaker(s): James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton Duration: 50 minutes 42 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

Learning from Lincoln

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

Lincoln and the Rights of Black Americans

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

Teacher’s Tour of the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership

Speaker(s): Matthew Pinsker Duration: 10 minutes 59 seconds

Teaching the Constitution

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 2 minutes 28 seconds

The Effects of the Civil War on the South

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 1 minute 45 seconds

The Slaughterhouse Cases

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 23 minutes 34 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