Use these 31 online U.S. History videos entitled Discovering American History to study the development of the United States from colonial days through the 1980's through the experiences of diverse communities of Americans.
See how the debates over the most important issues in our national life were largely worked out in local communities. Learn how the Revolutionary and Constitutional period tested the ability of communities to keep their local identities while forging a national one. Witness the struggle between national and sectional powers during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Examine how the weaknesses of local governments contributed to the growing power of national institutions during the Great Depression. See how the tragic events of the 1960s spurred sectors of the counterculture into political activism.