Previews of AHTV's January 17-19 Programming
Historical Perspectives on Ferguson - Monday 8pm ET
A panel of historians talks about the history of race relations in Ferguson, Missouri and addresses methods for teaching about race and protest. They also examine how policing and the criminal justice system have historically related to racial conflict. We recorded the discussion at the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York City.
The State of the Union: A Look Back - Monday 10:10pm ET
President Obama delivers his State of the Union address next Tuesday, January 20, to a Joint Session of Congress. This weekend, American History TV looks back to Lyndon Johnson's 1965 address, where he called on Americans to continue on the "road to the great society" and decalred his support for civil rights. Also, we'll show Gerald R. Ford's first State of the Union speech in 1975, five months after assuming office following President Nixon's resignation. He told the Congress he didn't expect much applause because "I've got bad news." And, from 1995, Bill Clinton observed in his State of the Union address that "once again our democracy has spoken" after Republicans in the mid-term elections gained control of both the Senate and House for the first time since 1954.Â
Reel America: Nine from Little Rock (1964) - Sunday 4pm ET
"Nine from Little Rock" is a 1964 U.S. Information Agency film narrated by Jefferson Thomas, one of the nine African-American students who, in 1957, enrolled in Little Rock Arkansas' all-white Central High School. The governor prevented the students from attending classes until President Eisenhower sent 1,000 U.S. Army troops and federalized the 10,000 strong Arkansas National Guard to restore order and enforce school desegregation. The film won an academy award in 1965 for documentary short subject.
The Presidency: Abraham Lincoln's Critics - Sunday 8pm & Midnight
Author John McKee Barr talks about his book, "Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present." Mr. Barr argues that in order to better understand why Abraham Lincoln is so revered it is also important to understand the criticisms of his detractors - including the charge that he exceeded the powers of the presidency granted by the Constitution.