Crash Course: US History

Crash Course: US History

2013, History  -    -  Playlist 59 Comments
Ratings: 7.64/10 from 98 users.

John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive.

What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the colonists were largely there to make money. In Maryland, the idea was to create a a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore.

In Massachusetts, the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn't share their beliefs.

At Jamestown, Captain John Smith briefly managed to get the colony on pretty solid footing with the local tribes, but it didn't last, and a long series of wars with the natives ensued. This pattern would continue in US history, with settlers pushing into native lands and pushing the inhabitants further west.

Old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it? English people just liked it better that way, and when the English took New Amsterdam in 1643, that's just what they did. Before the English got there though, the colony was full of Dutch people who treated women pretty fairly, and allowed free black people to hold jobs.

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3 years ago

I wish he speaks a little slower.

Ali Cbac
3 years ago

This is what happens to those who put their good, hopeful expectations in/powerless, inaniment God(s).

Ali Cbac
3 years ago

This is what some humans do when the devil causes the FEELING of desperatation, greedy, poverty, etc....even though Christ taught FAItH

5 years ago

There is something about reading all these comments that makes me want to find the guy in the video and hurt him just to watch him scream.

5 years ago

I find it rather ironic that the very people who left England and all other nations of Europe due to being persecuted for their differences, only for them to be persecutors themselves against the natives of the lands they sought refuge in. >_> Hypocrisy of white Europeans with "Christian" values of loving one another and respecting each others' differences. I wipe off these excrements of humanity.

7 years ago

First: Despite popular belief, Catholicism does NOT equal Christianity ...just saying. Watch a documentary on the formation of the Catholic Church before you consider them Christians.

Second: This documentary would be okay for an 8th grader trying to get a very brief explanation of what happened between the Spaniards and the Native Americans.

8 years ago

totally unwatchable, unless you have snorted 10 lines of coke this guy will give you a migraine in about 30 seconds.

9 years ago

The paradigm of this documentary would have shifted dramatically had it stretched its focus on Spanish history prior to the discovery of America.

Spain had been under the rule of the Moors for more than 700 years. The Spanish population was forced to convert from Judaism and Islamic religion using military tactics rather than by faith missions or evangelicalism. Even today this issue of Conversos is relevant because of the lack of Christianity or Christian values among what is supposed to be Christian societies spread across Latin America or in places where Spain used the cross for political conquest.

Fact is the Spanish Inquisition had been effectively managed by people who were likewise converted too and not really time tested Christians. Thus the distasteful thought process that personify Catholicism and Spanish rule in this documentary. Imagine a whole territory that got 700 years of history instantly changing its official religion then shortly sent to the New World to convert natives from their pagan ways.

9 years ago

I love when documentaries provide to me new information and make me think. What I will be thinking about this week is how our current US are refusing to a growing number of people in the US are defying government rules, religions in the US (and around the world) have become considerably more extreme, and people are feeling as if they no longer have a say in their government, even if that isn't totally true. History really does repeat itself. Fascinating.

9 years ago

Biased much?
Aren't documentaries supposed to represent facts and different ideas (bolth sides of the argument), at least that is what they look like where i come from.
This seams to me just a justification of someones personal apinion. I agree but that is irelevant! History should be represented, objectively with all the relevant facts so that each individual can make his own opinion. I know that my history profesor would be appalled. Is that how we want to teach the next generation, teach them no to thing for themselfs and try to force on them OUR opinions???

Joni Sen
9 years ago

I just can't watch this guy.. what age group is he targeting????

fred schulman
9 years ago

Cannot watch this guy. Wonder where he got his information?
I know where he gets his view.

9 years ago

you guys are complaining about the "craziness factor" of the narrator, which is valid, but it's that this is.. what.. he does. that's john green. how do you not know who john green is? he vlogs and writes YA novels, among other things, but this style is what MADE HIM.

Diana Goldenberg
10 years ago

Yes, I agree great video, but you should try to speak speak slower. You have great information and valuable you should try to get everyone to not just hear you but understand you (every word). History is so important and people today take it for granted

10 years ago

I know you are trying to keep it in-between a certain time limit, but it's very hard to take notes on someone that speaks this fast. If you could have a longer video, I would recommend slowing it down a bit.

10 years ago

thanks for the history

10 years ago

pt pleasant 1774,' lord dunmore's war, and hanncock dressed up as a tea party indian to settle an old score against a prominent loyal nantucket merchant ship buisnessman.

10 years ago

you forgot the paxtang boys march against the liberal quaker government in philadelphia after slaughtering the connestoga savage indian spies.

10 years ago

shock therapy great idea tantamount to scalping

10 years ago

great presentation. fast furious fantastic and fun.

10 years ago

please do not skip over the 4 fatiguing weeks spent floating in the english channel by the jamestown voyagers in 1606. also john smith was held in irons before reaching the mouth of the cheseapeake bay.

10 years ago

I'm not sure whether my (rather lengthy) last comment did post. I would like to see a documentary on JUST Native American history, and some deeper research to back it.

10 years ago

what do u mean indians here..? are they hailed from Indian sub continent( indus valley)?

10 years ago

This guy has the most irritating lecture style I've seen yet. What's with all the f*cking jump-cuts? Isn't he able to record more than one sentence at a time?

10 years ago

The script of information in this documentary is excellent but the narrator's
delivery is manic and unrelenting. Personable narrator, just take it down a notch.

10 years ago

Guys, stay on topic please!!! This documentary was about US history, not about Catholicism!!!

Regarding the documentary itself, the presenter is a bit silly, his biases are very transparent, but overall I found it very informative. On the other hand, the audience is probably assumed to be younger and not too intelligent (I guess this is how adults think they can relate to children these days?) But I think children are better at realizing they are being treated in a condescending manner than adults think, so I would have toned down most of that silliness. I liked the overall pace covering the topics.

10 years ago

crap little was told about the americans which inhabited the north eastern us

10 years ago

the christian are the lie that they think never was.

10 years ago


Wayne Siemund
10 years ago

Real revolution is possible when the people are able to trick the wealthy into thinking they are acting in such a way as to think they are doing so in their own self interest when in fact they are acting on behalf of the people.

10 years ago

How do you get a nun pregnant? Dress her up like an altar boy.

10 years ago

Religion poisons EVERYTHING! I can't be that absolute. I love CH but to declare the NET effect of religion is negative is without foundation IMHO. I’m all ears on this point.

10 years ago

It is amazing to me anyone will still publicly claim themselves either Christian or Catholic. That's like saying I molest children and am proud or I commit genocide and am a loving person.