Category Videos

American West in 1862

Moderator Professor Alice Baumgartner moderates this round table discussion with Professor Manu Karuka and Professor Jimmy Sweet on the American West in 1862 at the 2022 Organization of American Historians Conference. The video’s description reads, “Historians looked back at the year 1862 and discussed Native Americans and the American West, including the U.S-Dakota Wars and […]

The Mythology of the Lost Cause

Here is an outstanding presentation on the lost cause lie by Professor Caroline Janney. The Q&A period is also great. The video’s description reads, “How did the Confederate myth of the Lost Cause develop? Why was it important for ex-Confederates to establish their ‘history’ of the war? And why has this version of the past […]

Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday Commemoration- General Grant National Memorial, New York City

You can view the commemoration of Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th birthday, featuring a keynote address by Professor Brooks D. Simpson. The video’s description reads, “Full video of the President Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday Commemoration at General Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb), New York City… interview with Ulysses Grant Dietz at the end of the […]

The Failed Promise

Here’s Professor Robert Levine discussing Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. The video’s description reads, “Robert Levine talked about the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War and the lives of Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson. This virtual program was hosted by the National Archives.”

Ways and Means

Here’s author Roger Lowenstein discussing how the United States financed its effort against the slaveholders’ rebellion. The video’s description reads, “Author Roger Lowenstein talked about how Abraham Lincoln and his secretary of Treasury Salmon Chase worked together to manage the financial front during the Civil War, levying taxes and marketing bonds while trying to contain wartime inflation. This event […]

Mexican-American War

Here’s Professor John Pinheiro teaching a class at Aquinas College on the Mexican-American War. The video’s description reads, “Aquinas College professor John Pinheiro taught a class about the Mexican-American War during the late 1840s. Professor Pinheiro is the author of Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations During the Mexican War. Aquinas College is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

Saving Yellowstone

In this presentation, Dr. Megan Kate Nelson situates the early days of the Yellowstone National Park within the context of the end of the Civil War and within Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Megan Kate Nelson looked at the federal debate and passage of the 1872 Yellowstone Act, which established the world’s first national park. This […]

Historians and Hollywood

Here’s a nice discussion between Christy Coleman, Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and Dr. Jason Herbert covering the “Historians at the Movies” phenomenon on Twitter. The video’s description reads, “Jason Herbert, creator of ‘Historians At The Movies,’ talked with Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation executive director Christy Coleman about Hollywood’s take on history. This program was hosted by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.”

“History As It Happens” Podcast

Here’s a terrific conversation between host Martin Di Caro of The Washington Times and his guest, Dr. James Grossman of the American Historical Association on so-called “divisive topics” such as Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project. The video’s description reads, “Martin Di Caro, host of the Washington Times podcast, ‘History as it Happens,’ interviewed American Historical Association president James […]

History, Disrupted

This is Jason Steinhauer discussing how history gets interpreted and how the internet and social media have affected the history profession and the craft of history. This is based on his book, History, Distrupted: How Social Media & the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past. The video’s description reads, “Historian Jason Steinhauer discussed how history […]