Skip to content

Top Ten Posts of 2015 #3: 5 tasty YouTube channels perfect for history geeks

youtube logo

I’m sure most of you are doing the same thing I’m doing right now. Spending time with family and friends, watching football, catching up on that book you’ve been dying to read, eating too much, and enjoying the occasional nap.

Between now and the first week in January, you’ll get a chance to re-read the top ten posts of 2015. Enjoy the reruns. See you in January!


Yup. I’m a history geek. I’m a member of the History Book Club, I love maps, I stop and read every historical marker before driving past, I spent most of a morning several months ago quizzing the docent in the Northfield, Minnesota history museum on the 1876 raid by the James Gang, and I have the Band of Brothers DVD series memorized.

So where do I go when I need a good YouTube history video?

Here are five very sweet YouTube channels that are great places to start:

HipHughes History

Keith Hughes has taught US History and Government and AP American Government for the past 15 years as well as edu classes in New Literacy and Technology for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo.

HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable, and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest.

Crash Course

Six awesome courses in one awesome channel. Be sure to check out all of the history playlists to find just what you need.

C. G. P. Grey

Complex things explained. Very cool videos on a variety of topics. History geeks will start with the history ones but don’t be afraid to branch out.

Horrible Histories

Hilarious history videos from the BBC. And almost all of them historically accurate!

Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website.

They’ve create a cool “History vs.” video series debates the legacies of various historical figures and remember all TEDed videos come with assessment activities ready-to-use on the TEDed website.

Suggested “History vs.” videos:

Four bonus channels because, well . . . it’s the Christmas season:

National Archives 
Library of Congress
99 Incredible YouTube Channels for History Buffs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: