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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Doris Kearns Goodwin - Learning From Past Presidents in Moments of Crisis

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of the great popularizers of presidential history. Her books on Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, and the wartime Roosevelts all became best-sellers thanks to her ability to tell a truly human story around these larger-than-life men and women. Her latest book, Team of Rivals, follows Abraham Lincoln, a brilliant young country lawyer, as he rises to the U.S. Presidency and draws his former political opponents into his circle of advisors (her book is slated for one of Steven Spielberg's next films). Her fascination with baseball was the subject of her beloved memoir Wait Till Next Year. In this TEDTalk, Goodwin discusses what we can learn from American presidents, including Lincoln and Johnson. She also shares a moving memory of her own father and of t [...]
Online
2008
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Congress [electronic resource]: How It Works

This program takes the viewer step by step through the various functions of Congress - in three parts: Opening Day details how Congress reorganizes itself every two years; Its Powers describes the enumerated and implied powers of Congress; and Impeachment Powers explains one of the checks and balances provided in the Constitution.
Online
2007
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Issues and Controversies in American History Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

To explore America's past in a meaningful way, a growing number of educators strive for spirited debate and passionate discussion in their classrooms. The key is get students talking about historical events with the same energy and immediacy that today's topics provoke. But accomplishing that is virtually impossible without the right catalyst. This collection of 25 concise video clips is designed to spark thoughtful, productive dialogue on major turning points in U.S. history. Each clip lays out two opposing viewpoints, framing a complex historical episode as if it were a debatable "issue" - just as citizens of the time might have thought and argued about it. In some cases, such as the segments on Jamestown or the Salem witch trials, the debate echoes scholarly disagreements that exi [...]
Online
2012
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Historical Inaugural Perspectives [electronic resource]

As preparations are made for President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration, Stacey Delikat reports on past Inaugurations and some of the more memorable moments.
Online
2009
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The Presidency [electronic resource]: A Personal Perspective

The President of the United States arguably holds the most powerful and influential role in the world. He is faced with the challenge of leading the country and responding to the critical domestic issues of the day, while at the same time serving as a world leader with responsibility for action on global issues. This program explores the very demanding role of the president through the personal insights of former president Gerald Ford; former presidential advisor Roger Porter, who served presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush; and Washington Post columnist David Broder.
Online
1996
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The Presidency [electronic resource]: Hail to the Chief?

Recent presidential elections indicate that more and more Americans are concerned with the quality of the candidates they are voting for, and there is an increasing influence from third parties. What is the future of the office of the president? This program examines the changing political environment and expectations related to the leadership role of the president. Among the experts featured in the program are former presidential advisor Roger Porter, who served presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush, and Washington Post columnist David Broder.
Online
1996
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The Presidents: 1789-1825 [electronic resource]

This program covers the Constitutional Era, the period where America's Founding Fathers became the nation's first administrators. Defining points of historical consequence include the Whiskey Rebellion (George Washington), the XYZ Affair (John Adams), the Louisiana Purchase (Thomas Jefferson), the War of 1812 (James Madison), and the Monroe Doctrine (James Monroe).
Online
2005
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The Presidents: 1825-1849 [electronic resource]

This program focuses on a period marked by rapid growth for the nation and contentious politics in Washington. It includes the rancid politics of the John Quincy Adams presidency; the Indian Removal Act of Andrew Jackson's presidency; the economic turmoil of Martin Van Buren's term; William Henry Harrison's death, leading to the first crisis of succession; John Tyler's expulsion from his own political party; and the Mexican War of James K. Polk's presidency.
Online
2005
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The Presidents: 1849-1865 [electronic resource]

This program examines the most turbulent period in all of U.S. history: when the volatile issues of states rights and slavery propelled the nation into all-out civil war. The video highlights the rough-hewn style of Zachary Taylor, the compromising weaknesses of Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce, the near-treasonous administration of James Buchanan, and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln - America's first war president and the savior of the republic.
Online
2005