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American History


American History enables research on key themes, events, and historical eras in U.S. History from the colonial period through the 21st Century. A vast collection of documentaries, newsreels, public affairs videos, and archival footage allows students and researchers to compare viewpoints and get personal and expert accounts on key topics such as the American Revolution, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War-and people--presidents, key leaders and activists. Taken together, this rich combination allows the study history in new ways, by comparing, for example, the footage, transcript, and tone of government perspectives (United News Newsreel) of the internment of Japanese-Americans in 1942 or D-Day in 1944 with the longer-term perspectives of documentaries like After Silence (Bullfrog Films) or D-Day: The Total Story (The History Channel). Researchers can find unique and carefully-selected documents for their research while students get to develop critical skills and tools for assignments on topics of their choice.

American History, from Alexander Street, gives access to more than 12200 videos and 3150+ hours of video content  to support the study of American History.

Featured Playlists - American History

Newsreel timeline


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