Because modern history videos cover a time when movies were available, students can actually see and hear events from history. Slavery takes on a different meaning when your child can hear the voice of a former slave discussing his life.

NOTE: PLEASE PREVIEW to ensure that the videos include content that meet your educational goals and standards.

Modern History Videos

  1.  Move your cursor over the thumbnail to view the topic and date.
  2. To exit the video, click outside of the viewing screen.

Many of the videos chosen were organized around our modern history based elementary writing curriculum.

An Elementary Writing Curriculum

Modern History Videos

  • Yellow Fever 1793
    • Yellow Fever 1793

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  • Slave Narratives read by others
    • Slave Narratives read by others

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  • Frederick Douglass | Mini Bio 1818-1895
    • Frederick Douglass | Mini Bio 1818-1895

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  • Missouri Compromise of 1820
    • Missouri Compromise of 1820

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  • Compromise of 1820
    • Compromise of 1820

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  • Compromise of 1850
    • Compromise of 1850

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  • Fugitive Slave Law
    • Fugitive Slave Law

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  • Florence Nightingale Bio 1820 1910
    • Florence Nightingale Bio 1820 1910

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  • Florence Nightingale | Voice 1890
    • Florence Nightingale | Voice 1890

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  • Louisa Alcott Part 1 1832-1888
    • Louisa Alcott Part 1 1832-1888

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  • Louisa Alcott Part 2
    • Louisa Alcott Part 2

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  • 1861 Civil War Black and White Documentary
    • 1861 Civil War Black and White Documentary

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  • Abraham Lincoln | Mini Bio
    • Abraham Lincoln | Mini Bio

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  • Elizabeth Van Lew Civil War Spy
    • Elizabeth Van Lew Civil War Spy

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  • Minnesota Indian War 1862
    • Minnesota Indian War 1862

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  • Former Slaves Speaking
    • Former Slaves Speaking

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  • Slave Narratives
    • Slave Narratives

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  • Abraham Lincoln Anecdotes | Librivox Recording 1809 1865
    • Abraham Lincoln Anecdotes | Librivox Recording 1809 1865

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  • Gettysburg Address 1863
    • Gettysburg Address 1863

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  • The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address
    • The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address

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  • Emancipation Proclamation 1863
    • Emancipation Proclamation 1863

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  • Robert E. Lee  1807-1870
    • Robert E. Lee 1807-1870

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  • Stonewall Jackson 1824 1863
    • Stonewall Jackson 1824 1863

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  • Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color: Lee's Reluctant Surrender | History
    • Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color: Lee's Reluctant Surrender | History

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  • Sojourner Truth | 1797-1883
    • Sojourner Truth | 1797-1883

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  • Sojourner Truth Speech 1797 -1883  (1853)
    • Sojourner Truth Speech 1797 -1883 (1853)

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  • Clara Barton | Mini Bio 1821-1912
    • Clara Barton | Mini Bio 1821-1912

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  • Clara Barton's Story 1821-1912
    • Clara Barton's Story 1821-1912

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  • Thomas Edison 1847-1931
    • Thomas Edison 1847-1931

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  • Thomas Edison Cartoon 1847-1931
    • Thomas Edison Cartoon 1847-1931

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  • Spanish American War and Yellow Journalism 1898
    • Spanish American War and Yellow Journalism 1898

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  • Spanish American War
    • Spanish American War

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  • Spanish American War 1898
    • Spanish American War 1898

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  • Calamity Jane 1852 1903
    • Calamity Jane 1852 1903

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  • The story of the Wright Brothers
    • The story of the Wright Brothers

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  • Wright Brothers Cartoon Clip 1903
    • Wright Brothers Cartoon Clip 1903

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  • Susan B. Anthony 1820 1906
    • Susan B. Anthony 1820 1906

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  • Foot Binding in China
    • Foot Binding in China

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  • Titanic | Survivor Interviews | 1911
    • Titanic | Survivor Interviews | 1911

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  • Booker T. Washington | Biography 1856 1915
    • Booker T. Washington | Biography 1856 1915

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  • WWI Causes 1914-1918
    • WWI Causes 1914-1918

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  • General Pershing | Biography 28 mins 1860 1948
    • General Pershing | Biography 28 mins 1860 1948

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  • Sergeant York | Hero b. 1887 1964 WWI
    • Sergeant York | Hero b. 1887 1964 WWI

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  • WWI Impact on Children 1914-1918
    • WWI Impact on Children 1914-1918

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  • General Joffre and WWI
    • General Joffre and WWI

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  • Sinking of the Lusitania 1915
    • Sinking of the Lusitania 1915

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  • Mahatma Gandhi | Television Interview | 1869 - 1948
    • Mahatma Gandhi | Television Interview | 1869 - 1948

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  • Mahatma Gandhi | The Salt March 1930
    • Mahatma Gandhi | The Salt March 1930

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  • Stinging Dust & Forgotten Lives Documentary 58 mins. 30s
    • Stinging Dust & Forgotten Lives Documentary 58 mins. 30s

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  • Dust Bowl 1930s
    • Dust Bowl 1930s

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  • Great Depression Documentary 1933
    • Great Depression Documentary 1933

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt | Declaration of War 1941
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt | Declaration of War 1941

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  • Navajo Code Talkers 1939-1945
    • Navajo Code Talkers 1939-1945

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  • Navajo Tour | Awesome 4 mins.
    • Navajo Tour | Awesome 4 mins.

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  • Code Talker recalls terrifying Iwo Jima battle  1939-1945
    • Code Talker recalls terrifying Iwo Jima battle 1939-1945

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  • Real Footage - Atomic Bomb- Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    • Real Footage - Atomic Bomb- Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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  • Cold War in 9 Minutes 1947-1991
    • Cold War in 9 Minutes 1947-1991

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  • Cold War | 1947 – 1991
    • Cold War | 1947 – 1991

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  • Rosa Parks | Mini Bio 1955
    • Rosa Parks | Mini Bio 1955

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  • The Space Race | 1957
    • The Space Race | 1957

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  • Cuban Missile Crisis (Ted-Ed)
    • Cuban Missile Crisis (Ted-Ed)

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  • Bay of Pigs (Lessons Learned) Council on Foreign Relations
    • Bay of Pigs (Lessons Learned) Council on Foreign Relations

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  • Atomic Alert Video (Old Black and White footage)
    • Atomic Alert Video (Old Black and White footage)

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  • Kennedy Tapes | Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
    • Kennedy Tapes | Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

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  • Watergate Scandal 1972
    • Watergate Scandal 1972

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  • Richard Nixon on Trial 1913-1994
    • Richard Nixon on Trial 1913-1994

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  • African Famine in Nigeria 1980s
    • African Famine in Nigeria 1980s

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  • Charge of the Light Brigade | Tennyson
    • Charge of the Light Brigade | Tennyson

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  • If by Kipling
    • If by Kipling

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  • Walt Whitman
    • Walt Whitman

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