Williamsburg and the American Revolution
Brief introductory video for Williamsburg, then capitol of Virginia, and the events leading up to the Revolutionary War
Run time 02:09
"She walks in Beauty" Poem by George Gordon, Lord Byron
This is a recitation of Lord Byron's poem, "She Walks in Beauty." Only a color photograph of a lamplight-lit sidewalk at night is used for the backdrop of this reading. The picture and sound quality are good. The text can be pulled down from the description box (top right). (1:05)
By the mid-nineteenth century, the American economy that had been based on local commerce and small-scale farming was maturing into a dynamic, wide-reaching capitalist marketplace. As the industrial revolution in the northeast altered the economy and intensified the process of urbanization, an agricultural empire began to emerge in the west, and westward expansion began. In this video you will learn about westward expansion and it's trials and tribulations. (Video is of high q
Westward Movement and Economy
This video is accompanied by text. "By the mid-nineteenth century, the American economy that had been based on local commerce and small-scale farming was maturing into a dynamic, wide-reaching capitalist marketplace. As the industrial revolution in the northeast altered the economy and intensified the process of urbanization, an agricultural empire began to emerge in the west.
By 1860, more than one-half of the American population was located west of the Appalachian Mountains. Conditions
Erie Canal and its History
From Albany to Buffalo, from 1825 till today, the Erie Canal has made
American history. Tom Grasso, President of the NY State Canal Society, acts as a guide on a tour of this great artificial waterway, past and present. Knowledgeable information presents a picture of why the canal was important and how it is connected to many other waterways.
1849 California Gold Rush
A social studies class tries their hand at re-enacting what the gold miners did in the 1849 gold rush. (Amateur video)
Ladybug Ladybug Parts of the Body Song - Frank Leto
This animated song is about a ladybug who lands on a boy. The ladybug moves to different parts of the body (head, elbow, thumb, etc.) which are named in the song. The words to the song appear at the bottom of the screen and are highlighted are they are mentioned in the song. Song is call and echo format. Mr. Leto sings and the children echo his words. (2:52)
The Carpetbagging Yankees
During Reconstruction, people from the North — some with bad intentions and some with good intentions — headed to the New South, where they were called "carpetbaggers." This video gives an animated example of how the carpetbaggers came to be.
Civil War reenactment: Union occupation and a Confederate soldier goes home, 1865
In this video, a Confederate soldier making his way home at the end of the Civil War is stopped by Union soldiers at a checkpoint, then cooks for them in exchange for a day’s rations. He shows what are in the cooking rations that he has and talks about what he cooks for the Union soldiers.
Reconstruction Begins- Social Issues
This video is accompanied by text. "While Southerners were mourning the loss of their financially lucrative labor source, more than four million former slaves were trying to find their way as freedmen. The majority of the emancipated blacks were illiterate, with limited skills and financial resources..."
The one factor that connected most former slaves was a thirst for religion. Many masters had allowed their slaves to worship beside them, but with the Emancipation Proclamation former sla
This video is accompanied by text. "In the spring of 1865, the Civil War came to an end, leaving over 620,000 dead and a devastating path of destruction throughout the south. The North now faced the task of reconstructing the ravaged and indignant Confederate states. There were many important questions that needed to be answered as the nation faced the challenges of peace:
Who would direct the process of Reconstruction? The South itself, Congress, or the President?
Should the Confede
The Black Codes
This video is accompanied by text. "When Congress convened in December 1865, the legislative members from the newly reconstituted southern states presented themselves at the Capitol. Among them were Alexander H. Stephens--who was the ex-vice-president of the Confederacy--four Confederate generals, five colonels, and several other rebels. After four bloody years of war, the presence of these Confederates infuriated the Congressional Republicans, who immediately denied seats to all members from th
This video is accompanied by text. "A clash between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction was now inevitable. By the end of 1865, Radical Republican views had gained a majority in Congress, and the decisive year of 1866 saw a gradual diminishing of President Johnson’s power..." (Professionally produced material with scholarly ideas and arguments.)
In June of 1866, the Joint Committee on Reconstruction determined that, by seceding, the southern states had forfeited “a
The End of Reconstruction - Impeachment of Johnson
This video is accompanied by text. "In 1867, the political battle between President Johnson and Congress over southern Reconstruction came to a confrontation. The Radical Republicans in Congress were not content with curbing Johnson’s authority by overriding his vetoes--they wanted to remove him altogether. Under the laws of the time, removing Johnson meant that Ben Wade, the president pro tempore of the Senate, would become president.
While many considered Johnson to be an inadequate pr
This video is accompanied by text. "In the election of 1868, General Ulysses S. Grant, the most popular northern hero to emerge from the Civil War, became president. Grant ran on the Republican ticket with the slogan, “Let us have peace” against the Democratic candidate Horatio Seymour. The Republican platform endorsed the Reconstruction policy of Congress, payment of the national debt with gold, and cautious defense of black suffrage. Grant swept the Electoral College with 214 votes, compar
The Failure of Reconstruction
Despite gaining their freedom, African-Americans face struggles in the years after the Civil War includes amendments 13,14,15 and other political acts during that time. Explains problems that occured after Reconstruction ends.
President George Washington, Part V
Animated biography of the life of President George Washington. This Discovery Education video is aimed at school children.
1960 - Kennedy Campaign ad from Nixon Debate
Campaign television ad
President Nixon 1969 Inaugural Address
President Richard Nixon delivered his first inaugural address on January 20, 1969.
How to Install a Graphics Card
There are a few reasons you might want to upgrade your graphics or video card. If you are into gaming, run duel monitors or have updated to a high resolution monitor you might want to upgrade. This video discusses how to find the graphics card, how to choose a graphics card, and how to install it. (2:46)