The War for Independence

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.

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Alexander Hamilton, American

Speaker(s): Richard Brookhiser

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Speaker(s): James G. Basker, Jill Lepore

His Excellency George Washington

Speaker(s): Joseph J. Ellis

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

Speaker(s): James Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton

Jefferson as Revolutionary

Speaker(s): Frank Cogliano

John Adams: Party of One

Speaker(s): James Grant

Key Moments in American Freedom

Speaker(s): Orlando Patterson

Myths of the American Revolution

Speaker(s): Carol Berkin

Slavery and the American Revolution

Speaker(s): James Oliver Horton

The Aftermath of the French and Indian War

Speaker(s): Andrew Robertson

The Hemingses of Monticello

Speaker(s): Annette Gordon-Reed

The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States

Speaker(s): James G. Basker, Gordon S. Wood

The Independence of the States

Speaker(s): David Armitage

The Real Treason of Aaron Burr

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood

Two American Revolutions

Speaker(s): Andrew Robertson

Understanding Slavery via Narratives

Speaker(s): James Oliver Horton

Washington as Symbol of the Founding Era

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood

Washington’s Most Significant Act

Speaker(s): Gordon S. Wood