Historical Context Clips


  • Abraham Lincoln's Presidency | Genealogy Roadshow

    View a brief introduction to the key political issues facing President Abraham Lincoln during his first and second terms, including Southern secession, the Civil War, and his assassination, in this clip from Genealogy Roadshow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Introduction to Ponce de Leon | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces Ponce de Leon, the late 15th century Spanish explorer who joined Christopher Columbus’s second expedition in 1493, obtained the governorship of Puerto Rico, and explored southern Florida.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Poland in World War II | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces Polish responses to the Nazi invasion, focusing on a patriotic sporting organization called The Falcons, which aided the Polish Home Army in disrupting Nazi activities.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Detroit's Indian Village | Genealogy Roadshow

    Learn about the growth and development of Detroit from the early 19th century to the present in this Genealogy Roadshow clip focusing on one of Detroit’s elite residential districts, Indian Village. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Davy Crockett | Genealogy Roadshow

    Davy Crockett is familiar to most people as "King of the Wild Frontier", but he had a long political career as well. Expand your knowledge of this iconic frontiersman with this brief clip from Geneaology Roadshow.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Genealogy Roadshow | The Hatfield-McCoy Feud

    Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces a violent feud between two families, the Hatfields and the McCoys, living on the border between West Virginia and Kentucky in the 19th century. With the start of the Civil War and the division of their community, the Hatfields and McCoys began a series of violent exchanges in the decades to follow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Jesse James | Genealogy Roadshow

    Meet Jesse James, one of America’s most infamous outlaws, in this clip from Genealogy Roadshow. James gained both celebrity and notoriety in the years after the Civil War, robbing banks, stagecoaches and trains with his brother and fellow gang members. After a bank heist in Northfield, Minnesota, the James gang fled to Nashville, where James’s criminal career came to a halt.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Belmont Mansion | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow briefly explains the growth and development of Belmont Mansion, the largest house museum in Tennessee and one of the few 19th-century homes whose history revolves around the life of a woman: Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham.

    Grades: 6-12
  • History of Chinese Immigration to the United States | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces the history of Chinese immigration to the United States. Though the immigrants initially were welcomed into the California Gold Rush and booming railroad industry, perceived competition in the labor market precipitated the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow gives a brief overview of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, one of the most significant natural disasters of United States history. The earthquake, and subsequent fires in the days to follow, devastated over 80 percent of the city, resulting in a death toll of nearly 3,000 people.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Benjamin Franklin | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow introduces the humble beginnings of Benjamin Franklin, and provides a glimpse into his early career as an apprentice in a Boston-based newspaper. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Old San Francisco Mint | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow briefly explains the growth and development of the Old San Francisco Mint, which turned gold bullion from the California Gold Rush into coins. As one of the few buildings to survive the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the Old Mint serves as a built testament to the city’s resilience and rich history.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Civil War and the 19th Maine Infantry | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow gives a brief overview of the Civil War, focusing on the 19th Maine Infantry. Comprised of volunteers to serve the Union Army, the 19th Maine suffered two devastating campaigns in Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville before being absorbed into the Unassigned Maine Infantry six months before the end of the Civil War.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Sam Houston | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow introduces Sam Houston. After his successful participation in Tennessee politics, Houston looked west to Texas, leading the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. In 1859 Houston became Texas’ first governor, and remains one of the most important figures in Texan history.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Tejanos | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow gives a brief overview of Tejanos, or Texans of Mexican heritage, and their role in the formation of the state of Texas. Originally under the rule of the Spanish and then the Mexican government, Tejanos sought independence to become their own sovereign state. Tejanos spearheaded the Texas Revolution, which eventually resulted in Texas’ annexation into the United States—and reaffirmed Tejanos’ importance to the Texan historical narrative. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Race and the U.S. Military | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow gives a brief overview of the racial dynamics of the United States Military during World War II. Passed in 1940, the Selective Service and Training Act allowed all men—regardless of race—to enlist in the U.S. military. Despite facing intense racial discrimination both in and outside the army, all-black squadrons such as the Tuskegee Airmen continued to serve their country during the war and the years to follow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow briefly explains the growth and development of Austin’s Driskill Hotel, starting with its humble beginnings under the vision of founder Jesse Driskill. In later years the Driskill would play a central role in Texas political life for vice president-turned-president Lyndon B. Johnson. Today, the Driskill remains a Texas historical landmark and one of the most highly regarded hotels in the world.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Welcome to St. Louis | Genealogy Roadshow

    Explore St. Louis, Missouri, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow. Find out how St. Louis got its name, and how the city developed.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Italian Passage | Genealogy Roadshow

    Learn about the difficulties that 19th century Italian immigrants faced on their trip to America, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: Homesteader | Genealogy Roadshow

    Explore the life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow. Wilder's popular Little House on the Prairie novels fictionalized her childhood in the late 1800s. Learn about the United States government's homestead initiave of that era, and how Wilder's family became homesteaders.

    Grades: 6-12

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