American History TV Promotions: Weekend of August 22-24, 2015
American History TV on C-SPAN3
8am Saturday - 8am Monday August 22-24, 2015 Â
Saturday 5pm ET
Landmark Preservation in New York City
Established 50 years ago in 1965, New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission was created to protect places of cultural, social, political and architectural significance. In this program hosted by New York City's Skyscraper Museum, Columbia University's Andrew Dolkart speaks about the commission's history and the obstacles it has faced over the years as well as the process of designating a landmark.
Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America - "Pilot District Project" - 1971Â
In 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and subsequent riots that devastated areas of Washington, DC, the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) - which administered many of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty programs - created a "Pilot District Project" to help improve poor relations between the police and the community. The OEO commissioned three short films to trace the implementation of the program which they hoped would be a model for other cities: "Development of Community Control," "Police Training," and "Community Action." Future DC mayor Marion Barry, then a young civil rights activist, is featured in "Development of Community Control." The National Archives recently rediscovered and digitized the films.
Sunday 2:05pm ET
Immigration & the Hart-Celler ActÂ
We interview Cornell professor Maria Cristina Garcia at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual conference and learn how immigration policy has changed throughout American history, particularly in the last century.
Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: Early Motion PicturesÂ
In a two-part program we visit the Library of Congress Packard Campus to learn about the "paper print" collection of early films, deposited for copyright at the library between 1894 and 1912. The silent films include scenes of ordinary life and early theatrical works such as "The Great Train Robbery" from 1903. In part two we learn about early public affairs films, including those featuring U.S. presidents, the Spanish American War, World War I, and the first ever political ad - created in 1912 by the Democratic Party. Our guide is Motion Picture Section Head Mike Mashon.Â