The Early Republic

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.

Alexander Hamilton

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

Alexander Hamilton, American

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

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

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

Freedom of Religion: A Radical Innovation

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

His Excellency George Washington

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

John Adams: Party of One

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

The Post-Revolutionary Generation

Speaker(s): Joyce Appleby Duration: 53 minutes 56 seconds

The Real Treason of Aaron Burr

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood Duration: 46 minutes 3 seconds

Washington as Symbol of the Founding Era

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

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

American Legal History: Colonial Era to 1800

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

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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

Anti-Slavery Literature in the Founding Era

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

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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

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

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

Introduction to Supreme Court Controversies throughout History

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

Jefferson and the Constitution

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

Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution

Speaker(s): Mark Neely Duration: 28 minute

Monuments and Memorials: The South in American History

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes 21 seconds

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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

The Hemingses of Monticello

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

Thomas Jefferson and Southern Electoral Politics

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

Washington, Grant, Marshall: Three Soldiers and American Ways of War, Part 1: Washington

Speaker(s): Josiah Bunting III Duration: 54 minutes 26 seconds

What did Jefferson think about American freedom?

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