Highlights President's Day Weekend, Feb 17-20

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
Three-Day President's Day Weekend

8am Saturday – 8am Tuesday, February 17-20, 2018  


Saturday 8pm & midnight ET
Lectures in History: Modern Richmond, Virginia Politics
Douglas Wilder was the first African American elected as governor in U.S. history, serving Virginia from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Wilder is a guest speaker in a Virginia Commonwealth University class looking at the political history of the state capital of Richmond. He reflects on five decades of involvement in state and local politics, which also included terms as a state senator, lieutenant governor and Richmond's mayor.


Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: President Ronald Reagan – 1988
The Conservative Political Action Conference has been held every year since 1974. In this February, 1988 speech by President Reagan at CPAC during his last year in office, he talks about the state of the conservative movement, contrasting what he sees as the conservatives' accomplishments with what he argues are the outdated and ineffective liberal ideas of the Democratic party.


Sunday 10am ET
West Point Center for Oral History
Henry "Hank" Thomas, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, recounts his experiences as one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who traveled on interstate buses into the Deep South to challenge racial segregation. He also describes his combat medic service during the Vietnam War, racial tension among the soldiers, and being wounded during battle. The interview was recorded by the West Point Center for Oral History.


Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: Washington & the Fight for Philadelphia
Historian and biographer Richard Brookhiser addresses the question before George Washington in 1777: Could the British subdue the American rebels by capturing their capital, Philadelphia? It was Washington's actions in moments like this that forged his reputation and ultimately led to his unanimous selection as the first president. The New-York Historical Society hosted this event.

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