History Podcast

Since 1996, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has presented eminent historians discussing major topics in American history. Now you can hear these great historians on your computer, iPod, or other portable media player.

Our archive of more than fifty podcasts is available for free, simply by registering on our website at http://www.gilderlehrman.org/historians/podcasts. Listen to renowned historians such as Gordon Wood, Carol Berkin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and David Kennedy take you through some of America’s most important moments, from the Colonial Era to the present.

To hear our newest podcast, click on the link below:


Edward Ayers
“Slavery and the Early American Economy”
July 1, 2008
University of Richmond

In this lecture Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond, tackles myths about slavery and describes how it grew into an American — not just Southern — institution. He discusses slavery’s integral role in driving the global economy in the early 1800s.