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.

Testimonials

"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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25 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & The Industrial Revolution Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $517.00 Starting at $57.90 $137.90 $57.90$137.90
    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.
  2. (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.
  3. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & A History of British India Set

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & A History of British India

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Delve into major turning points in history with this two-course set. Start by taking a step back in time with America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era covering over six innovative decades marked by economic, political, social, and technological upheavals, in the U.S. Then explore 200 years of Britain’s colonial rule of India in A History of British India in which you will relive a crucial era in international...
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
  6. (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.
  7. (Set) The American West & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Set on sale

    (Set) The American West & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $57.90 $133.90 $57.90$133.90
    Delve into fascinating eras of American history with this two-course set. Experience the grit and glory of life for cowboys, homesteaders, gold seekers, and others with The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy. Then, embark on a sprawling, multifaceted journey in time through the turn of the 20th century with America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
  8. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Turning Points in American History Set

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

    Edward T. O'Donnell
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    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.
  9. (Set) History of the United States & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Set

    (Set) History of the United States & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,019.90 $549.90$1,019.90
    Two course set
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    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.