Story of Freedom in America
by University of Oklahoma
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
|1||Introduction: The Guns of Lexington||--||30:19||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||United States Declaration of Independence||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Independence, Freedom, and Honor: The Declaration||--||33:43||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Common Sense||Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775 – 76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||The Clouds of Tyranny: George III||--||31:46||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||The Test of Battle: The Surrender at Yorktown||--||31:32||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Writings of Thomas Paine — Volume 1 (1774-1779): the American Crisis||The American Crisis (1776- 1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series, which learns about the mentality of those during the Revolutionary War.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||A Galaxy of Statesmen: Making the Constitution||--||34:59||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||Constitution for iPad||Senator Sam Ervin pulled one out of his pocket during the Watergate Hearings... Now prepare to own any legal debate with a copy of the US Constitution on your iPad! Please enjoy our Declaration app, also available for free in the Reference section.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||The United States Constitution||The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution, originally comprising seven articles, delineates the national frame of government. Its first three articles entrench the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. Articles Four, Five and Six entrench concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||Constitution of the U.S.A.||AD FREE–– CONSTITUTION and THE FEDERALIST PAPERS app is the best way to learn about the Constitution of the United States. Not only does this app contain the full text of the Constitution, the product also provides an explanation for each and every clause, as well as commentary on each of the amendments. You can send the sections of the constitution included the amendments to the Watch App if you favorite them The complete text of all 85 of the Federalist papers is also included. In addition, this app contains the complete text of James Madison's Journal of the Constitutional Convention. Program users will enjoy photos of the authentic Constitution document. Using the unique capabilities of the iPad/iPhone you can zoom in on any part of the actual image of the Constitution. A brief history of the writing of the Constitution and the Federalist papers is also included. You can create a "favorites" section or even e-mail your "favorites" section to a friend. You can print any section. MultiEducator brings the experience it has gained from twenty years of developing American History multimedia products to help you learn about the Constitution on your Apple mobile device.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Washington's Farewell Address||Each week LearnOutLoud.com will offer up a new speech in audio format.||35:32||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||The Federalist Papers||The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||United States Bill of Rights||The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed to assuage the fears of Anti-Federalists who had opposed Constitutional ratification, these amendments guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public. Originally the amendments applied only to the federal government, however, most were subsequently applied to the government of each state by way of the Fourteenth Amendment, through a process known as incorporation.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||Debts, Frontiers, Liberties: The First Congress||--||41:52||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||The Magna Carta||John, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his officials and loyal subjects, Greeting.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||English Bill of Rights 1689||The English Bill of Rights, or "An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown," was passed by Parliament on 16 December 1689. It was a re-statement in statutory form of the Declaration of Right presented by the Convention Parliament to William and Mary in March 1689 inviting them to become joint sovereigns of England. The Bill of Rights lays down limits on the powers of sovereign and sets out the rights of Parliament and rules for freedom of speech in Parliament, the requirement to regular elections to Parliament and the right to petition the monarch without fear of retribution. It also reestablished the liberty of Protestants bear arms for their defense and condemned James II of England for "causing several good subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when papists were both armed and employed contrary to law." The Bill of Rights is noteworthy for being the first political document to reflect the natural rights and political philosophy of renowned political philosopher John Locke, who would greatly influence America’s Founding Fathers a century later. In particular, it codified Locke’s “social contract theory,” requiring monarchs to seek the consent of the people, who are represented in Parliament. In the United Kingdom, the Bill of Rights is further accompanied by the Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus Act 1679 and Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 as some of the basic documents of the uncodified British constitution. Its provisions are instantly recognizable within the U.S. Constitution and its own Bill of Rights, which would follow nearly 100 years later. Among the provisions are: The sovereign cannot unilaterally establish new courts or act as a judge. The agreement of parliament became necessary for the implementation of any new taxes. Only civil courts, not Church courts, are legal Freedom to petition the monarch without fear of retribution No standing army may be maintained during a time of peace without the consent of parliament.  No royal interference in the freedom of the people to have arms for their own defence Freedom of speech and debates;  No excessive bail or "cruel and unusual" punishments may be imposed||--||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|18||The Roots of American Liberty||--||29:53||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806||The Lewis and Clark expedition, which lasted from 1803 to 1806, was a U.S. expedition that explored the territory of the Louisiana Purchase and the country beyond as far as the Pacific Ocean.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||Freedom and the Frontier: Lewis and Clark||--||35:17||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||The Charter of Freedom: Our Constitution||--||33:09||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||Tyranny on the Southern Plains: Remember the Alamo||--||33:35||Free||View in iTunes|
|23||A House Divided: Lee and Lincoln||--||37:38||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address||Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|25||To Make Men Free: Lincoln as Statesman||--||32:40||Free||View in iTunes|
|26||Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address||Fellow countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued, seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|27||Progress and Democracy: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt||--||31:38||Free||View in iTunes|
|28||A New Freedom: Franklin D. Roosevelt||--||31:24||Free||View in iTunes|
|29||John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address||The inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States was held on Friday, January 20, 1961 at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D. C. . This 44th presidential inauguration marked the commencement of the term of John F. Kennedy as President and Lyndon B. Johnson as Vice President.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|30||New Frontiers of Freedom: John F. Kennedy||--||32:40||Free||View in iTunes|
|31||The Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.||--||33:40||Free||View in iTunes|
|32||From Quagmire to Hope: The 1970s and 80s||--||37:21||Free||View in iTunes|
|33||The Clouded Horizon: The Future of American Freedom||--||33:24||Free||View in iTunes|
||01 Introduction - The Guns of Lexington||--||30:19||Free||View in iTunes|
||02 The Clouds of Tyranny||--||31:46||Free||View in iTunes|
||03 Independence, Freedom, and Honor - The Declaration||--||33:43||Free||View in iTunes|
||04 The Test of Battle - The Surrender at Yorktown||--||31:32||Free||View in iTunes|
||05 A Galaxy of Statesmen - Making the Constitution||--||34:59||Free||View in iTunes|
||06 The Charter of Freedom - Our Constitution||--||33:09||Free||View in iTunes|
||07 Debts, Frontiers, Liberties - The First Congress||--||41:52||Free||View in iTunes|
||08 The Roots of American Liberty||--||29:53||Free||View in iTunes|
||09 Freedom and the Frontier - Lewis and Clark||--||35:17||Free||View in iTunes|
||10 Tyranny on the Southern Plains - Remember the Alamo||--||33:35||Free||View in iTunes|
||11 A House Divided - Lee and Lincoln||--||37:38||Free||View in iTunes|
||12 To Make Men Free - Lincoln as Statesman||--||32:40||Free||View in iTunes|
||13 Progress and Democracy - The Life of Theodore Roosevelt||--||31:38||Free||View in iTunes|
||14 A New Freedom - Franklin D Roosevelt||--||31:24||Free||View in iTunes|
||15 New Frontiers of Freedom - John F Kennedy||--||32:40||Free||View in iTunes|
||16 The Gospel of Freedom - Martin Luther King Jr||--||33:40||Free||View in iTunes|
||17 From Quagmire to Hope - The 1970s and 1980s||--||37:21||Free||View in iTunes|
||18 The Clouded Horizon - The Future of American Freedom||--||33:24||Free||View in iTunes|
Huge Dr. Fears fan!
I first came across Dr. Fears through the Great Course Series of ancient Greece and Rome. I've since purchased almost all his available work. Thrilled to be treated to some free material from this entertaining and engaging historian.
Nobody tells a story like Rufus! He has an addicting oratorial style so be prepared to crave more...
The Enslaved African
Any discussion on freedom in America is horrendously remiss if the African American experience is omitted; especially so in a so-called post-racial America with an African American serving as president.
No mention of John Brown or Booker T. Washigton or W.E.B. Dubois or Frederick Douglass or Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey or Stokely Carmichael and the list goes on. These people affected and shaped American history as we know it in addition to paving Obama's way to the White House. Read up!
I didn't see it in the lecture titles but I'm hoping there's more than just Dr. King's crusade.
Another amazing lecture
Dr. Fears was a once in a lifetime professor and educator. This work is nothing short of amazing.