Highlights This Weekend on American History TV November 18-20

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday - 8am, Monday November 18 - 20, 2017  


Saturday 12pm & ET
Hollywood Blacklist 70th Anniversary
In 1947, 10 members of the film industry refused to testify about their suspected ties to communism before the House Un-American Activities Committee. They were held in contempt of Congress, served prison terms, and were blacklisted by Hollywood. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the hearings with the "Hollywood 10" and the beginning of a long Cold War struggle between filmmakers and anti-Communist forces in Congress. This event co-hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation and Hollywood Progressive brings those who were blacklisted, family members and artists together to read from the congressional hearing transcripts.


Saturday 6pm ET
The Civil War: Historical Context of Civil War Monuments
Panelists discuss the reasons why Civil War monuments were constructed and what they came to symbolize. Speakers include "Race and Reunion" author David Blight, "Dixie's Daughters" author Karen Cox and "Ghosts of the Confederacy" author Gaines Foster.


Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "Tunisian Victory" – 1944 "Tunisian Victory" – 1944
The U.K. and U.S. governments co-produced this World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign. Released in early 1944, it used combat footage, reenacted scenes, animated maps, and featured segments with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and French General Charles de Gaulle. The campaign ended with an Allied victory in May 1943, when approximately 275,000 Axis soldiers surrendered.


Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: Abraham Zapruder & JFK Assassination
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas. Abraham Zapruder, filming JFK's motorcade with his home movie camera, captured the moments that the shots struck the president. His granddaughter, Alexandra Zapruder, talks about her book "Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film." The Center for Presidential History and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, both at Southern Methodist University, co-hosted this event.

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