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Prime Time Schedule President's Day Week: February 19-23, 2018

by NinaShelton

American History TV Prime Time Schedule
President's Day Week: February 19-23, 2018
Starts at 8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3

 

Monday, February 19
President's Day
Historian and biographer Richard Brookhiser explores the question faced by George Washington in 1777: Could the British subdue the American rebels by capturing their capital city of Philadelphia? Washington’s actions in response to this and other dilemmas during the Revolutionary War forged his reputation and ultimately led to his unanimous selection as the first U.S. president. Also, Harvard University professor Annette Gordon-Reed talks about the legacy of President Andrew Johnson, the nation’s 17th president who took office following Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Professor Gordon-Reed calls Johnson the president of “lost opportunities” because of his failure to help former slaves or advance the cause of black citizenship in the early days of Reconstruction.

Tuesday, February 20
U.S.-Soviet Relations
From the University of Virginia's Miller Center, a conference on relations between U.S. and Soviet leaders, including John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in the early 1960s and Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s.   

Wednesday, February 21
Vietnam War Oral Histories
Vietnam War veterans and their spouses reflect on their lives in these interviews from the West Point Center for Oral History. We hear first from Katherine Westmoreland, the widow of Gen. William Westmoreland, who commanded U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.

Thursday, February 22
The Bible & America's Founding
The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC opened in November 2017. On this night, a symposium hosted by the museum on the Bible & America's Founding, including Baylor University professor Thomas Kidd on Benjamin Franklin's faith.

Friday, February 23
American Artifacts 
We tour exhibits and historic sites related to presidents in these programs from our "American Artifacts" series. We visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum to view the "American Presidents: Life Portraits" exhibit, and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Michigan to see presidential vehicles, including the Lincoln Continental that was transporting John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated.