Multimedia

Creating a New Government

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.

American Legal History: Colonial Era to 1800

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 51 minutes 24 seconds

Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson: A Study in Character

Speaker(s): Roger G. Kennedy Duration: 0 seconds

Calling the Constitutional Convention

Speaker(s): Carol Berkin Duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds

Defining the Constitution

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 1 minute 28 seconds

Establishing an Independent Judiciary in the Founding Era

Speaker(s): Jack Rakove Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes 7 seconds

Federalism: Pros and Cons

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 1 minute 58 seconds

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Speaker(s): Joseph J. Ellis Duration: 51 minutes 41 seconds

Jefferson and the Constitution

Speaker(s): Peter Onuf Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 10 seconds

Madison and the Constitution

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 39 minutes 5 seconds

Madison’s Influence on the US Constitution

Speaker(s): Jack Rakove Duration: 2 minutes 21 seconds

Madison’s Role in the Virginia Ratification Convention

Speaker(s): Jack Rakove Duration: 1 minute 52 seconds

Slavery and the Constitution

Speaker(s): James O. Horton Duration: 0 seconds

The Story of America: Essays on Origins

Speaker(s): Jill Lepore Duration: 5 minutes 27 seconds

The US Constitution and the Concept of Originalism

Speaker(s): Jack Rakove Duration: 1 minute 22 seconds

Washington’s Most Significant Act

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood Duration: 1 minute 46 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope

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

Alexander Hamilton

Speaker(s): Ron Chernow Duration: 37 minutes 14 seconds

Alexander Hamilton, American

Speaker(s): Richard Brookhiser Duration: 31 minutes 15 seconds

American Scripture: The Making of the Declaration of Independence

Speaker(s): Pauline Maier Duration: 37 minutes 27 seconds

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Speaker(s): Joseph J. Ellis Duration: 22 minutes 57 seconds

An Overview of Key Moments in the Separation of Powers and the Supreme Court; Federalism and the Two Court Systems

Speaker(s): Sandra Day O'Connor and Jack Rakove Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes 29 seconds

Anti-Federalism and Dissent in Constitutional History

Speaker(s): Saul Cornell, James Basker Duration: 31 minutes 37 seconds

Arguing Cases in the Supreme Court

Speaker(s): Jeff Fisher Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes 3 seconds

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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

Dred Scott and the Constitutionality of Slavery

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 38 minutes 41 seconds

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood Duration: 39 minutes 6 seconds

Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Speaker(s): Carol Berkin Duration: 0 seconds

Freedom of Religion: A Radical Innovation

Speaker(s): Jack Rakove Duration: 57 minutes 17 seconds

Generations in Captivity: Slavery in America

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

Influences on the Writing of the Declaration

Speaker(s): David Armitage Duration: 0 seconds

Introduction to Supreme Court Controversies throughout History

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 18 minutes 59 seconds

John Adams: Party of One

Speaker(s): James Grant Duration: 39 minutes 29 seconds

Teaching the Constitution

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

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

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

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Speaker(s): H.W. Brands Duration: 49 minutes 39 seconds

The Global History of the Declaration of Independence

Speaker(s): David Armitage Duration: 57 minutes 58 seconds

The Hemingses of Monticello

Speaker(s): Annette Gordon-Reed Duration: 38 minutes 39 seconds

The Meaning of the American Revolution

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood Duration: 2 minutes 55 seconds

The Rise and Fall of Federal Power from the Founding Era to the New Deal

Speaker(s): Larry Kramer Duration: 41 minutes 48 seconds

The Supreme Court and Religious Freedom

Speaker(s): A.E. Dick Howard Duration: 54 minutes 11 seconds

The Three Constitutions

Speaker(s): Saul Cornell Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 52 seconds

Thomas Jefferson and Southern Electoral Politics

Speaker(s): Garry Wills Duration: 41 minutes 56 seconds

Washington as Symbol of the Founding Era

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood Duration: 2 minutes 6 seconds

What did Jefferson think about American freedom?

Speaker(s): Peter Onuf Duration: 1 minute 38 seconds

Women and the Revolution

Speaker(s): Carol Berkin Duration: 2 minutes 31 seconds