History Without Reading — Coping with the Busy Holiday Season

This time of year we are all busy getting ready for the holidays but that is no reason to stop learning about history.

These three sites provide audio and video material ranging from expert lectures from professionals to engaging conversations with passionate, self-described, History Chicks.

If you have an iPod you can subscribe to these directly but all of them also provide a mechanism to listen in your web browser so tune it, crank up the volume, and listen while you bake, wrap gifts, or just relax from the hectic schedule so many of us have this time of year.

OAH Distinguished Lectures Podcast

This podcast features lectures by leading historians who participate in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, a speakers bureau dedicated to American history.

Civil War Items

Video:Intimate Strategies: Civil War Military Commanders and Their Wives” An OAH Distinguished Lecture by Lesley J. Gordon.

Dr. Gordon is a professor of history at the University of Akron. This lecture was sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project at Miami University Hamilton. Recorded by Michael Bisson, Computer and Information Technology Services, in March 2011. Length: 54 min.

Video:Why the Civil War Mattered” An OAH Distinguished Lecture by Steve Hahn

Dr. Hahn is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture was presented at the tenth annual Idaho Council for History Education conference in Boise. Recorded by Boise School District’s Instructional Technology staff in October 2010. Length: 36 min.

Audio:Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South” An OAH Distinguished Lecture by Stephanie McCurry.

Dr. McCurry is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture was presented as part of the Stanton Sharp Lecture Series, sponsored by the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University. Recorded by Kathleen Tibbetts in October 2010. Length: 25 min.

Subscribe to new episodes on iTunes.

Historians on the Record: Podcasts from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Since 1996, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has presented eminent historians discussing major topics in American history. Now you can hear these lectures on your computer or on a portable media player. Their archive of more than 100 audio podcasts is available for free.

I have included some of their Civil War titles here but they cover a wide range of topics in their archive.  You must register for a free account to access these recordings.

Civil War Lectures

  • Slavery and the Early American Economy: Edward Ayers
  • War Between Neighbors: The Coming of the Civil War: Edward Ayers
  • Slavery and Poetry: James G. Basker
  • Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War : R.J.M. Blackett
  • The Civil War: David Blight
  • Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest: James F. Brooks
  • American Ways of War, Part 2: Josiah Bunting III
  • Harriet Tubman: Catherine Clinton
  • The Significance of Reconstruction: Eric Foner
  • Reconstruction and Citizenship: Eric Foner

The History Chicks

Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.

In their own words:

Why should you listen to a couple of chicks talk about women in history? You want the facts. Simple enough. You want to know how the women are remembered, ways their legacies live on, and how you can learn more. We can do that! And you like to get your information in a unique, fun, smart converstational style. TRIFECTA!

We are just like you. And you. And even you, yeah you, the one googling our names. And we agree that women, females, dames, broads…chicks in history is a perfect topic to sit down and chat about. We don’t claim to know it all, but really, all of it would take more time than any of us have right now. And it would be kinda boring.

The History Chicks cover a wide range of eras and topics.

Recent Episodes

Subscribe on iTunes and follow them on Twitter at @thehistorychix.

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