The Thirteen Colonies

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.

The Age of Homespun: Family Labor in the Colonial Economy

Speaker(s): Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Duration: 47 minutes 4 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Speaker(s): Walter Isaacson Duration: 30 minutes 33 seconds

His Excellency George Washington

Speaker(s): Joseph J. Ellis Duration: 41 minutes 29 seconds

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

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

In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

Speaker(s): Mary Beth Norton Duration: 57 minutes 52 seconds

Religion and Witchcraft in Colonial America

Speaker(s): John Demos Duration: 1 hour 54 seconds

The Aftermath of the French and Indian War

Speaker(s): Andrew Robertson Duration: 1 minute 32 seconds

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes 34 seconds

The Costs of the American Revolution

Speaker(s): Andrew Robertson Duration: 2 minutes 59 seconds

The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity

Speaker(s): Jill Lepore Duration: 41 minutes 44 seconds

The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope

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

Two American Revolutions

Speaker(s): Andrew Robertson Duration: 2 minutes 50 seconds

Using Visual Images to Teach Colonial History

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