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Professor Edward T. O'Donnell, Ph.D.

Professor Edward T. O'Donnell
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
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One central idea I try to communicate in my courses is that history is the study of choices. It follows no predetermined script. History is determined by the choices made by people both famous and unknown.

Dr. Edward T. O'Donnell is Associate Professor of History at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. Since 2002 Professor O'Donnell has worked extensively with the federal U.S. Department of Education program Teaching American History. He has served as the lead historian for several grants and has led hundreds of workshops and seminars and delivered multimedia lectures designed to help teachers devise innovative methods for teaching American history. Active in the field of public history, Professor O'Donnell has curated major museum exhibits on American history and has appeared in several historical documentaries. He has also provided historical commentary and insight for The History Channel, ABC, PBS, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. A popular public speaker, he has delivered more than 100 invited talks and conducted more than 2,000 walking tours of various historical American neighborhoods. Professor O'Donnell is the author and coauthor of several works dealing with a broad range of American history, including Visions of America: A History of the United States and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about Irish American History.


"Professor O'Donnell does a great job in his discussion and explanations as to the turning points and how they affected our country. He allowed me to see our national history from a different perspective."


"Professor O'Donnell's lectures were extremely interesting and well done! You could tell he spent a lot of time in preparation. The lectures taught me a lot about key times in American history. I recommend his lectures to all. Great job!"

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  1. America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Sale

    America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Edward T. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $44.95 $79.95 $44.95$79.95
    Step back in time with America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Over six innovative decades marked by economic, political, social, and technological upheavals, the U.S. went from an agrarian, isolationist country to the greatest industrial power and a nascent geopolitical superpower. Meet inventors, conservationists, robber barons, civil rights activists, and industrialists, who together forged a new nation.
  2. Turning Points in American History

    Turning Points in American History

    Edward T. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Relive the most groundbreaking moments in the story of the United States of America with Turning Points in American History. These 48 lectures by masterful historian and Professor Edward T. O'Donnell offer a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this course is a...
  3. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Edward T. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.