Marcus M. Witcher, 20th Century U.S. History
Department of History, University of Central Arkansas 

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Section 1: 1865 to 1920 


1. The Experiment of Reconstruction, 1865-1870

Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address  

The Corwin Amendment 

Abraham Lincoln and the Corwin Amendment

14th Amendment


2. Compromise and Redemption, 1870-1877

Lamar Speech 

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 


3. A Gilded Age or a Golden Age? 1877-1890

Charles W. Baird's "Labor Law Reform: Lessons from History" - Just the sections on Haymarket, Homestead, and Pullman. Pages 181-198. 

Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific 1886


Slavery By Another Name: Jim Crow, 1880-1900

Slavery By Another Name Part One


4. Populism: Agrarian Revolt, 1870-1896

Dawes Act of 1887

Omaha Platform 1892

Carrie Nation's Radical Temperance 


5. The United States in the Age of Empires, 1890-1900

The Spanish American War Video 

Buffalo Soldiers Video


6. Progressive Reformers, 1900-1914

Jane Addams 

Excerpts from the Jungle 

Critique of the Jungle


7. Progressive Politics: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1900-1914

Video on the Progressive Presidents

The Creation of the Federal Reserve 


8. The Onset of World War I and Wilson's Quest to Make the World Safe for Democracy

The Zimmerman Telegram

The Sedition Act of 1918

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points


Section 2: 1920 to 1968 


9. The Roaring Twenties, 1919-1928

Warren G. Harding, "Return to Normalcy"

Marcus Garvey, "African Fundamentalism" 

Bessie Smith, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

Langston Hughes, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"


10. The Great Depression: Causes and Consequences, 1920-1932

Overview of the Causes of the Great Depression

Mark Thornton, "Alcohol Prohibition was a Failure" 


11. New Deal or Raw Deal? 1932-1936

FDR's Fireside Chat on the New Deal

Herbert Hoover, "Challenge to Liberty"


12. New Deal or Raw Deal? 1936-1940

Huey Long, "Share the Wealth" Speech

Huey Long Speaks about the two parties

Father Coughlin, "Roosevelt and Ruin"


13. World War II, 1939-1945, Part I

America Declares War on Japan

Executive Order 9066


14. World War II, 1939-1945, Part II

View WWII American Propaganda Posters


15. From World War to Cold War, 1945-1950

Truman's Decision to Drop the A-Bomb

Ralph Raico, "Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb"


16. The Second Red Scare and the Politics of Fear, 1945-1960

Senator Joe McCarthy's Telegram to President Truman

Senator McCarthy discusses "Communist Infiltration"


17. From Brown v. Board to the March on Washington, 1954-1963

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Alabama Governor George Wallace, "Schoolhouse Door" Speech


18. From Selma to the Rise of Black Power

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech

Black Panther Party Platform, 1966 


Section 3: 1960 to 2018


19. Camelot: The Kennedy Administration, 1960-1963

President Kennedy's Inauguration Speech

Theodore H. White, "For President Kennedy: An Epilogue"


20. Vietnam and Its Aftermath

Ho Chi Minh, "Declaration of Independence, Democratic Republic of Vietnam"

Mi Lai Massacre Documentary

The Pentagon Papers


21. New Left, New Right: The Redefinition of American Politics

Richard Nixon, "If Mob Rule Takes Hold in the U.S."

President Johnson, "The Great Society" 

Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing"

1968 Democratic National Convention


22. Nixon, détente, and Watergate: 1968-1974

The Cold War Détente video


23. From Ford to Carter: Crisis at Home and Abroad, 1974-1981

President Carter, "Crisis of Confidence Speech"

President Reagan Announces His Campaign for the Presidency


24. The Rise of Reagan: Domestic Policies, 1980-1988

Fractures in the Conservative Movement video


25. The Age of Reagan? The End of the Cold War, 1980-1991

Ronald Reagan, "Tear Down this Wall"

The Fall of the Berlin Wall video


26. Bush and Clinton: Trying to Define America in the Post-Cold War World, 1988-2000

President Bush Addresses the Nation on the Budget

Clinton on NAFTA


27. George W. Bush, 9/11, and the Quest to Redefine American Foreign Policy: 2000-2008

President George W. Bush Speaks to the Nation on 9/11

George W. Bush at Ground Zero in New York City

President George W. Bush, "Axis of Evil" Speech

Osama bin Laden, "Letter to America


28. The Politics of Hope: President Obama and the Ongoing War on Terror, 2008-2016

President Obama Confronts the War on Terror

President Obama Confirms the Death of Osama bin Laden

Edward Snowden Discusses Prism

Federal Court Rules NSA Phone Tapping Illegal


29. The Politics of Fear: The Trump Administration (so far)

Peter Wehner, "The Party of Reagan is No More"

"College Grads are Getting All the Jobs"

"It Appears as Though Hillary Clinton was Undone by Low Democratic Voter Turnout"

"Michigan Trump Voters in Their Own Words"