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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.

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"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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21 Courses and Sets

  1. America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Sale

    America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Edward T. O'Donnell
    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 Sale

    Turning Points in American History

    Edward T. O'Donnell
    Save up to $390.00 Starting at $64.95 $129.95 $64.95$129.95
    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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    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.
  4. (Set) Skeptic's Guide to American History & Turning Points in American History Set

    (Set) Skeptic's Guide to American History & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  5. (Set) Turning Points in Modern History & Turning Points in American History  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Modern History & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  6. (Set)  Turning Points in American History & World War II Set

    (Set) Turning Points in American History & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    In World War II: A Military and Social History examine one of the greatest conflicts in human history. Between 1937 and 1945, 55 million people perished. It was a series of interrelated conflicts; no continent was left untouched, no ocean or sea unaffected. World War II taught lessons that none of us can ever study enough. Professor Thomas Childers uses the dual perspective of military and social history to explain...
  7. (Set) Understanding the History of the World  Set

    (Set) Understanding the History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $949.80 Starting at $949.80 $1,934.80 $949.80$1,934.80
    Travel back in time to get a comprehensive, international perspective with the four rewarding courses in the Understanding the History of the World set. Start with Ancient Civilizations to get the full context of where our cultures were born and established. Then travel to the Medieval World and see the Development of European Civilizations, followed by Turning Points in American History.
  8. (Set) Turning Points in American History & American Revolution  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in American History & American Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Explore some of the most defining events in the history of the United States of America with this insightful two-course set. First, relive the most groundbreaking moments in the story of America with Turning Points in American History. Then, go back and take a closer look at the dramatic conflict that started it all and discover how 13 colonies defeated the world's most powerful nation in The American Revolution.
  9. (Set) Turning Points in American History & American Civil War  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in American History & American Civil War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Explore the dramatic story of the United States of America from two different perspectives with this illuminating two-course set delivered by a pair of expert historians and professors. Start by reliving 48 of the most groundbreaking moments in the nation's sweeping history with Turning Points in American History. Then, get a riveting narrative and in-depth analysis of the war that ripped the young nation in half...
  10. (Set) Your Complete Guide to US History  Set

    (Set) Your Complete Guide to US History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.80 Starting at $709.80 $1,404.80 $709.80$1,404.80
  11. (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & Turning Points in American History  Set

    (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
  12. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Turning Points in American History  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  13. (Set)  Turning Points in American History & The World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) Turning Points in American History & The World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  14. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & The Industrial Revolution Set

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & The Industrial Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of the modern world with this set of courses. First, witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in an overview of six innovative decades. Then, discover the inventors, business leaders, and ordinary workers who created our modern industrial world.
  15. (Set) Experiencing America & Turning Points in American Hist Set

    (Set) Experiencing America & Turning Points in American Hist

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Explore the development of a young nation in this set of two courses. In Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History, see the U.S.A. through the stories of its most famous artifacts. Then, in Turning Points in American History, study the events that shaped a nation... for better or worse.
  16. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Discovering Your Roots Set

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Discovering Your Roots

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $244.90 Starting at $244.90 $469.90 $244.90$469.90
    Embark on an intellectual journey with this set of courses. First, witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in an overview of six innovative decades. Then, unlock the secrets of your family’s long-forgotten past using the research skills and methodologies of professional genealogists.
  17. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & World War I Set

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & World War I

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Survey the history of the world as the 19th century gave way to the 20th with this set of courses. First, witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in an overview of six innovative decades. Then, explore one of the most destructive conflicts in human history—in which the great powers of the globe waged total war against each other in a fight to the finish.
  18. (Set) Industrial Revolution & Turning Points in American History Set

    (Set) Industrial Revolution & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $904.90 $469.90$904.90
    In The Industrial Revolution, delve into the events of the era that powered our modern world and transformed our societies, from scientific advancements to the achievements of capitalism. New technologies and processes forever changed traditional ways of living and working. Discover other inventions and social revolutions that have shaped our culture, government, and economy with Turning Points in American History.
  19. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Turning Points in American History Set on sale

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Turning Points in American History

    Edward T. O'Donnell
    Save up to $602.00 Starting at $97.90 $187.90 $97.90$187.90
    Discover fascinating insights about American history with this set of courses. First, witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in an overview of six innovative decades. Next, explore the history of our nation in this unusual survey course that eschews traditional narratives - focusing instead on key moments that changed the course of our nation forever.
  20. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set on sale

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  21. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Turning Points in Modern History Set

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Turning Points in Modern History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Broaden your knowledge of modern history with this set of courses. First, witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in an overview of six innovative decades. Next, get a unique and rewarding view of world history by immersing yourself in the fascinating story of the discoveries, inventions, upheavals, and ideas that shaped the modern world.