Videos


"An Encounter with Old Hickory." History Bill is minding his own business on a visit to The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson... and my that man looks familiar! Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; and here on youtube.
"The Lost Soldier": History Bill wanders through the Nashville National Cemetery, wishing he had a tour guide to tell him some of the stories of the people buried there. Along comes a mystery soldier to tell his story. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; and here on youtube.

"Banging down the Gavel" -- On a visit to the Tennessee General Assembly, History Bill meets five of the most interesting people you'll ever see and finds that, in Tennessee, SIXTH GRADERS can suggest bills, too! Click here to see this video using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; and here using youtube.

"Happy Times at Fort Loudoun" -- It's 1758, and everyone is getting along fine at Fort Loudoun. Come along with History Bill and meet Ensign John Boggs, the indentured servant Maggie Delaney, a British soldier, a laundry wench, and Little Carpenter the Cherokee Peace Chief. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Media Player, here to see it on youtube and here on teachertube.
"Trek across Tennessee" -- History Bill sprints across the Volunteer State and finds that there are SIX physical regions of Tennessee -- including one that is flat ("I mean FLAT"), one reminds him of a donut, one that makes him fall down, one that has some great waterfalls, and one that gets his feet cold. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Media Player; here on youtube and here on teachertube.

"A Teacher in Trouble": History Bill turns up in Dayton in 1925 and gets an earful from William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Yep, it's the famous Scopes Trial, and he gets to see the whole thing -- even the monkey on the courthouse yard. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Medial Player; and here using youtube.

"Remember the Tennesseans" -- History Bill visits The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, and meets several other Tennesseans who spent time at The Alamo in 1836 -- Susanna Dickinson and William Cherry. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Media Player; and here to see it on youtube.
"Doctor Death, Fort Surgeon" -- Can anything be worse than this throbbing, aching leg? History Bill wanders back to the 1750s and meets fort surgeon, Dr. Maurice Anderson, whose medicinals, operating instruments and capital kit scares him back to the present time. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here to see it using Windows Media Player; and here to see it on youtube.

"Cotton Cash In" -- History Bill picks cotton all the way to Memphis and finds out at the old Memphis Cotton Exchange that there's a lot more to selling it than he thought. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; and here on youtube.
"Digging up old garbage" -- On a visit to an archaeological dig in Sumner County, History Bill finds out that the things people threw away in the Mississippian Era mean a lot today. Click here to see this using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; and here on youtube.

"Journey through the Gap" -- History Bill gets lost on his way to the Cumberland Gap. Fortunately he finds Daniel Boone, who helps him on his way. But things get pretty scary, in this video sponsored by Corrections Corporation of America. Click here to see this on Quicktime; here on Windows Media Player; and here on youtube.
"Dried Apples and Rat Bites": Visiting Sumner County's Rock Castle mansion in 1800, History Bill encounters General Daniel Smith along with his friends -- a Frenchman from "Illin-wah"; the dapper publisher of Tennessee's newspaper; and a beggar who was bitten by a rat and can prove it. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; here on youtube; and here on teachertube.
"A Big Hat to Fill" -- You'll never guess who History Bill ran into at the Abraham Lincoln Museum! Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; here on youtube and here on teachertube.
"Three Sisters and the Little Brother of War": A Cherokee couple explain a few things about their culture, including stickball, the blowgun, the dish known as Three Sisters, and a sport so dangerous it became known as the Little Brother of War. And you'll NEVER guess why History Bill put the remains of a dead coyote on his head. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; here on youtube and here using teachertube.
"Hard Tack and Salt Pork" -- On the eve of a battle at Parker's Crossroads in 1862, History Bill meets a private from the Union Army and a private from the Confederate Army. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Media Player; and here on youtube.
"Yakking with Alvin York." It's about time we met the most decorated war hero in Tennessee history! We learn all sorts of stuff from Alvin York, including how he learned to fire a weapon, why he didn't want to go fight in World War I and why he carried a shovel as he fought his way through France. Click here to see this using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player, and here on youtube.

"Great Moments and a Guide to the Page" -- In this special video, History Bill explains how to use the Tennessee History for Kids web page. But his attempt to show off some great moments ends up as a BLOOPER REEL, full of funny interruptions and embarassing moments, caught on film. Click here to see the first part of this on Quicktime; here to see part two on Quicktime; here to see part one using Media Player and here to see part two using Media Player; here to see the first part of this video on youtube; and here to see the second part of this video on youtube.
"Making a Splash with the Governor" -- History Bill looks into the executive branch of Tennessee government and, along the way, discovers that Governor Bredesen is a painter, Tennessee's state parks are best in the nation, and canoes aren't as easy to paddle as he thought. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Media Player; and here to see it on youtube.

"What kind of MALL is this???" History Bill checks out Nashville's Bicentennial Mall and can't find a Claire's, but he does find an outdoor museum of Tennessee history. And he always did want to walk across the state in just a few seconds. Click here to see it using Quicktime; here using Windows Media Player; and here on youtube.

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