David Goldberg on Teach-Ins

This story clip can be aligned to the following Ohio Department of Education Social Studies Standards:

  • American History #4: Historians analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.
  • American History #24: The United States followed a policy of containment during the Cold War in response to the spread of communism.
  • American Government #22: Individuals and organizations play a role within federal, state and local governments in helping to determine public (domestic and foreign) policy.


In this clip, historian Dr. David Goldberg mentions the beginning of the anti-Vietnam War movements across college campuses. He describes the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s involvement, and notes that that school was one of the first campuses to host “teach-ins” after the University of Michigan’s example. Dr. Goldberg expounds further by explaining how teach-ins operated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Potential Classroom Uses:
1. One can use this clip to instruct students on the historical background of teach-ins and what happened during them.
2. One can tie this clip into the greater narrative of student protests throughout American history, or during the 1960s-1970s.
3. This may also be used in conjunction with the Catalysts for Political Action Lesson.


Click on this link for the full interview and a spot to download the audio file: David Goldberg Interview 15 June 2016

Photo credit: UW Digital Collections – Student protesters marching down Langdon Street, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6329684