Saturday, watch American History TV all day on C-Span3 to hear eyewitness accounts of the events that have shaped our nation. Come along with our cameras to museums and historic sites and watch archival speeches from former presidents and other national leaders.
First, Cynthia Kierner, a history professor at George Mason University, talks about Martha’s relationships with famous politicians, her struggles with her family’s bankruptcy, and how she helped shape Jefferson’s legacy. She is the author of the first biography of Martha Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter. (9:20 a.m. ET)
Next, historian and author Craig Symonds talks about the various naval aspects of the war: from technological developments, to the battles themselves; from the Union blockade, to the rivers of the Western theater. Symonds is history professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, and the author of “The Civil War at Sea.” (6 p.m. ET)
Finally, we travel to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to hear history professor Howard Brick lecture on the Black Power Movement in the 1960s. While the Civil Rights Movement led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought equality through non-violent civil disobedience, an emerging Black Power Movement in the mid-1960s—guided variously by Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and the leaders of the Black Panther Party—sought change through black nationalism and separatism. (8 p.m. ET)