America Under Monroe and Adams: The Monroe Doctrine
A brief overview of the Monroe Doctrine, but lacks insight into what caused it to be written and its impact. More of a general video. Has a test afterwards (let the video run) that might be good, but moves very rapidly and deals with some issues not discussed with this video.
Lewis and Clark
In 1804, Jefferson sends a team to explore lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. The Corps of Discovery will travel nearly 8,000 miles over three years, reaching the Pacific Ocean and clearing the path for westward expansion. Students would benefit from having a map showing the area covered. An overview with few details about cause and effect.
Mountain Meadow Massacre
What are the historical roots and causes behind the Mountain Meadow Massacre? Polygamy, paranoia, and a violent theocracy in 19th-Century Utah. This short synopsis of the events leading up to this tragedy is explained by Sandra Tanner and Scott Fancher, who are descendants of the perpetrators and victims, respectively. In 1857, 120 unarmed members of a wagon train moving through southern Utah were attacked and slaughtered at the hands of Mormon militia. Violent descriptions.
The Persian Gulf War :Part 1 - Operation Desert Storm
The Persian Gulf War or Gulf War (also known as the mother of all battles August 1990 28 February 1991) was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition fo...
The Persian Gulf War: Part 4 - Operation Desert Storm
The Persian Gulf War or Gulf War (also known as the mother of all battles August 1990 28 February 1991) was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition for...
The Roaring 1920s Around the World
This is a slide show presenting the main events and fashions of the 1920s, not only in the USA but also what was happening in other parts of the world, especially in Europe. There is background music, footage and the facts and events can be read in different slides.
Juneteenth - A Celebration of Freedom
A documentary about how Juneteenth came to be celebrated and what is celebrates. A good video for those studing Civil Rights.
The Slave Ship: A Human History
This one and a half hour lecture by Dr. Marcus Rediker is about the British slave trade and why it was considered essential to English prosperity. " British ships carried manufactured goods to West Africa, where they were exchanged with local rulers for slaves. Hundreds of these slaves were packed into the ships and carried to the West Indies -- the so-called "middle passage" -- where they were sold and the proceeds used to buy goods the ships then transported back to England. The use of quotes
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Find out about the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, one of the most fascinating periods in the life of Abraham Lincoln in this video. The Lincoln-Douglas debates on slavery are recreated with animation in this video. Each side's arguments are capsulized.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate of 1858
This video is accompanied by text. "The Dred Scott case played a pivotal role in the 1858 Illinois senate race and in the 1860 presidential election. Eyeing Stephen Douglas’s seat in the Senate, Abraham Lincoln challenged the incumbent to a series of debates. The two politicians differed in almost every respect. Lincoln, a tall and lanky Republican with a high-pitched voice, relied on his wit and integrity to provide a comforting sense of sincerity. Douglas, meanwhile, was a short, barrel-ches
Dred Scott Decision - "Slaves are not Citizens"
This video is accompanied by text. "The controversy surrounding the Kansas-Nebraska Act affected the 1856 Democratic presidential nomination. Party members vetoed the selection of two prominent figures involved with the act—Stephen Douglas and Franklin Pierce. Rather, delegates elected James Buchanan, a Pennsylvania lawyer not connected with the Kansas-Nebraska affair. Therefore, Democratic leaders believed he was safe from Republican scrutiny.
Buchanan sailed to an easy victory over Rep
John Brown's Raid in 1859
This video is accompanied by text. "Tension between the North and South over the slavery issue grew more intense as the election of 1860 drew near. Violent reaction to the Kansas-Nebraska Act spread rapidly throughout the nation. The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision deepened the divide between Northerners and Southerners—antislavery supporters and proslavery-ites. In 1859, fifty-nine-year-old John Brown devised a plan to provoke a slave revolt to answer the “sacking” of Lawrence, Kans
This video is accompanied by text. "When Americans voted Lincoln president, James Buchanan officially became a lame-duck leader. Southerners worried that Lincoln’s victory, which received no support from the South, would lead to political and economic dominance by the North. Slavery, they feared, would be restricted and possibly outlawed. Southerners believed that by claiming their independence they could develop their own banking system and establish trade directly with Europe. No longer woul
The Oregon Country
This video is accompanied by text. "The spirit of "Manifest Destiny" pervaded the United States during the Age of Reform—the decades prior to the Civil War. John L. O'Sullivan, editor of the influential United States Magazine and Democratic Review, gave the expansionist movement its name in 1845, when he wrote that it is "the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions." Manifest Destiny was
Statue of Liberty in a Nutshell
A brief animated video that describes the history and significance of the Statue of Liberty. (01:56)
Statue of Liberty Unknown
This video is about the Statue of Liberty and about history. Who did the statue came from, what does it mean, and much more!
We didn't Start the Fire
Video slideshow of a brief history of America with musical accompaniment by Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." At best a little entertainment. Goes too fast to be of value as a learning tool. Students will not know most images.
Confederate vs. Union Soldiers
Where the soldiers came from, a third were immigrants to the country, and the differences between the two in terms of what they were fighting for and how they lived. Good insights that bring a human touch to understanding the Civil War. 2:38
This is an eight-minute video (moving images and still slides) concerning the Underground Railroad.
Video about the Mayflower