American History TV's Lectures in History is a weekly series that takes viewers into the college classroom to hear lectures on campuses across the country, on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.
Tonight, professor Roger Davidson discusses emancipation and U.S. colored troops during the Civil War. Professor Davidson explains how African Americans used the disorder caused by the Civil War to escape enslavement. He also details how former slaves offered their services to Union forces to help bring about the end of slavery (8pm ET).
Later, professor Gary Ostrower examines the origins of World War II and discusses the major battles, turning points and countries involved. Also detailed are the numbers of those killed in specific offensives and the types of tactics and weaponry used (8:55 pm ET).
And professor Meredith Lair examines the treatment of soldiers returning from the Vietnam War and looks at the accuracy of accounts of Vietnam Veterans being spat upon by anti-war activists (10:40pm ET).