The Origins of Slavery

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.

In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery

Speaker(s): David Brion Davis Duration: 48 minutes 14 seconds

Slavery and the Making of America

Speaker(s): James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton Duration: 49 minutes 5 seconds

The African Slave Trade, 1500–1800

Speaker(s): Philip Morgan Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes 19 seconds

The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade

Speaker(s): Robert Harms Duration: 55 minutes 36 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

American History and the World

Speaker(s): Thomas Bender Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds

Anti-Slavery Literature in the Founding Era

Speaker(s): James G. Basker Duration: 41 minutes 36 seconds

Early American Slave Culture

Speaker(s): Philip Morgan Duration: 32 minutes 5 seconds

Generations in Captivity: Slavery in America

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

Great Biographies: African American Scientists

Speaker(s): Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Duration: 19 minutes 6 seconds

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

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

Key Moments in American Freedom

Speaker(s): Orlando Patterson Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 31 seconds

Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

Speaker(s): Ira Berlin Duration: 33 minutes 18 seconds

Slavery and the Early American Economy

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 56 minutes 5 seconds

Societies with Slaves vs. Slave Societies

Speaker(s): Ira Berlin Duration: 1 minute 59 seconds

The Importance of Frederick Douglass

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

Using Visual Images to Teach Colonial History

Speaker(s): Emily Clark Duration: 30 minutes 1 second