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
The Kansas-Nebraska Act
This video is accompanied by text. "Many Americans believed that a transcontinental railroad would unify the United States by linking eastern and western points of the rapidly expanding nation. Not everyone, however, agreed where the railroad should be built. U.S. minister to Mexico James Gadsden, a Southerner, wanted the route to go through Texas and the New Mexico Territory to the Pacific Ocean. Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois, meanwhile, supported a plan to wind the railroad through Chica
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
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
Uncle Tom's Cabin and its Effects
This video is accompanied by text. "The most significant response to the Fugitive Slave Act came from the pen of novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom’s Cabin ran serially for nearly a year in an abolitionist newspaper, before it was published as a book in early 1852. It was an immediate and phenomenal success—selling 10,000 copies its first week in print, and 300,000 within a year. By the time of the Civil War, several million copies were in circulation, and many Union soldiers received
The First Mobilization of the Civil War
This video is accompanied by text. "The artillery shells fired by Confederate soldiers on Fort Sumter, which was still federal property and controlled by U.S. military forces, marked the start of the Civil War. Lincoln shifted his attention from finding a peaceful end to the North-South conflict, to mobilizing military forces to defend the United States from the Confederates, whom he now considered enemy aggressors. On April 15, 1861, three days after the barrage of shells rained down on Fort Su
The Civil War Battles
This video is accompanied by text. "With the beginning of the war still fresh in their minds, and expectations that fighting would be intense but short, Union troops were eager for action. Cries of “On to Richmond” echoed across the hills surrounding Washington as the troops advanced on Confederate forces near Bull Run, approximately 30 miles southwest of the northern capital. President Lincoln believed an attack on a smaller Confederate unit would boost morale and clear a path to Richmond,
History of the United States
This is an informative video of the history of the United States. The presidency of Lincoln and Roosevelt are discussed. Roosevelt knew that the fight for the United States Presidency was not simply a game of political machines and punditry, but that this coming fight demanded a leader who understood the historic enemy of the United States and the founding principles of the nation. (LaRouche PAC video)
The History of Political Parties, by Eric O'Keefe
Sam Adams Alliance & Foundation Chairman and CEO Eric O'Keefe talks about how political parties and individual politicians were once accountable to the people.
French and Indian War: An Overview
Beware of political ad that starts video. This is a glorified slide show. It moves very rapidly with little explanation of cause and effect. Touches on some geographical areas and so a map and wordwall are needed. This is a general overview video of 2:40. The ending is very weak and needs more explanation for students.
George Orwell's 1984 - Part 3
Part 3 of the video about the novel , 1984 by George Orwell. The novel is highly political in nature and follows the hero, Winston Smith, through his struggle, against the inner party, to enjoy the most basic freedoms.
Passive Voice Introduction
This is a basic explanation of how the passive voice works. The teacher lecturing in the video specifically addresses how the form of "be" changes depending on the verb tense used in the sentence. Examples of various sentences help to illustrate the ideas presented in the lesson.
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men: Context
The context of a novel is the social, cultural and historical
background in which it is written. It deals with what was happening in
the world in the period with which the novel is concerned. Studying the context of a novel can aid and deepen our understanding of the story and characters. This title looks at the context of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men has an explicit context because the social and political events of 1930s America create the climate of
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men: Style
he style of a novel is the manner in which the author chooses to
write the novel. The style could, for example, be ironic, where the
author's tone pokes fun at the characters' behaviour. Steinbeck's style is simple; it relies on dialogue, which means direct speech, and
lyrical poetic description. The style is not difficult, it is very
accessible. This is one of the reasons the novel has retained its
popularity. This title will look at the various ways Steinbeck uses
Entrepreneurs in American 2nd Industrial Revolution
This video is accompanied by text. "The small businesses that supported the pre-Civil War economy could not satisfy the rapidly growing national markets. Entrepreneurs quickly developed systems of mass production and distribution to meet growing national needs. The resulting expansion in industry went hand-in-hand with industrial combination and concentration, enabling a few business leaders to dominate the largest markets of the time..." (Professionally produced material with scholarly ide
Tips on Getting Children to Eat Healthfully
In this video from Boston Children's Hostpital, Chris Duggan, MD, MPH helps parents overcome the challenge of getting their children to eat healthfully with some very specific advice and ideas.
Robert F. Kennedy's Statement on Dr. King's Death
Amid the tragedy of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, an extraordinary moment in U.S. political history occurred as Robert F. Kennedy, younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy, broke the news of King's death to a large gathering of African Americans in Indianapolis, Indiana. That evening Robert Kennedy
Palestine 1930-1948 - 7 of 14
This video starts with a 1945 speech by David Ben-Gurion where he urges for Jewish immigration to Palestine. There is footage of the end of the war and the Jews that survived. The fight for independence would begin. There is reference to displacement camps organised by the American and British. Jews demanded to go to Palestine but Britain rejects this possibility. Nations had not opened the doors to these displaced Jews. There is reference to the political reasons why this happened.
Kinney Explains Writing Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid explains how he wrote the book. He gives tips and writing ideas and answers questions from the audience at Borders.
The Arts in Every Classroom: Designing a Multi-Arts Curriculum Unit
Learner Team members are introduced to a curriculum design process that asks teachers and students to focus on why rather than what — sometimes called backwards design. The teams begin to construct their own arts-based units of study, identifying enduring ideas and constructing essential questions that lead to carefully planned unit objectives and performance tasks.