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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV May 20 - 22
by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday - 8am Monday, May 20 - 22, 2017  

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Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: CBS News "Town Meeting of the World" - May 15, 1967
Fifty years ago, CBS broadcast an hour-long live program with Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-New York) and Gov. Ronald Reagan (R-California), taking questions via satellite from a group of international students in London. One of the participants was future U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-New Jersey), who was a student at Oxford. The topic was "The Image of America and the Youth of the World," and Kennedy and Reagan fielded critical questions about the Vietnam War. Prior to the program, we interview historian and Reagan biographer Paul Kengor, who has written about the broadcast.

 

Saturday 8pm & midnight ET
Lectures in History: The Civil War & Emancipation Strategy
Georgetown University professor Brian Taylor teaches a class on the military strategy and political policy goals of emancipation during the Civil War. He talks about how ending slavery became a primary goal for the Union as the war progressed and discusses the piecemeal ways slavery was ended in border states and in Confederate territory. He argues that emancipation was a process achieved gradually despite President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation or the passage of the 13th Amendment.

 

Sunday 6:45pm & 10:45pm ET
1790 Congressional Debate on Slavery & Race
In the spring of 1790, the first U.S. Congress - meeting in their second session - engaged in a debate about slavery and race while considering a number of anti-slavery petitions. History professor Paul Polgar talks about the significance of the first congressional debate on this topic -- and its focus on Congress' ability to interfere with slavery and on the definition of citizenship. He argues that these issues set the tone for race in America for the next seven decades. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this event.

 

Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: Abraham Lincoln & Joshua Speed
History professor and psychoanalyst Charles Strozier discusses letters exchanged by Abraham Lincoln and his friend Joshua Speed. Strozier is the author of, "Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed." The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia hosted the event.

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. Only on C-SPAN3.