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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28 Courses and Sets

  1. (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Set

    (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Enjoy two unique perspectives on America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with this course set. In Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime, produced in collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, change the way you think about the game with a look at the growth of early baseball. And in America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, learn how robber barons,...
  2. (Set) The American West & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    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.
  3. (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
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
  6. Crashes and Crises & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Set

    Crashes and Crises & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Look at the trends and patterns of financial catastrophe with these two courses focused on a part of history we don’t often examine closely. Start by looking at four centuries of financial mishaps—from tulip mania to the Great Recession in Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters. Then, dive into the financial and social ramifications of one of the most colorful, tumultuous, raucous, and...
  7. (Set) America’s Founding Fathers & Turning Points in American History Set

    (Set) America’s Founding Fathers & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    Look at the moments in history that defined our country with this two-course set. Start by experiencing the battle for America through the eyes of the forefathers in America’s Founding Fathers. Then, relive the most powerful and groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the USA with Turning Points in American History.
  8. (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 $574.90 Starting at $60.00 $654.90 $60.00$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.