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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV March 17-19

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday – 8am Monday March 17-19, 2018  

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Saturday 9am ET LIVE
Abraham Lincoln Symposium
American History TV will be LIVE from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. for day-long coverage of the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium. The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford's Theatre Society co-host the event, which explores the 16th president's life, career and legacy. Speakers include: Anna Holloway, co-author, “Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War"; William Harris, author of "Lincoln and Congress"; Michael Burlingame, Author, "Abraham Lincoln: A Life"; Stanley Harrold, author of "Lincoln and the Abolitionists"; and Walter Stahr, author of "Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary." 

Sunday 8:30 - 10am ET LIVE (re-airs 6:30 & 10:30pm ET)
1968: America in Turmoil
For nine consecutive Sunday mornings, we look back 50 years to that turbulent time. This Sunday – our first program – focuses on the Vietnam War, covering the major military, political and diplomatic developments in the war from the January Tet Offensive to the escalating body count and the undoing of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency. Our guests are Vietnam veteran Jim Webb, who served as Navy secretary during the Reagan administration and was later elected as a Democrat from Virginia to the U.S. Senate. He's the author of the Vietnam War novel "Fields of Fire" and of the memoir "I Heard My Country Calling." He's joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Maraniss, a Washington Post associate editor and author of "They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967." 

Saturday 10pm, Sunday 10am & 4pm ET
Reel America: "Interviews with My Lai Veterans" - 1970
This 1970 Academy Award-winning documentary recounts the events of March 16, 1968 in the village of My Lai, Vietnam from the perspective of five Army veterans who were there. In graphic detail, the men describe the situation before, during, and after the killing of between 300 and 500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians. The veterans describe witnessing the killing of small children, elderly villagers, and the raping and killing of women, then reflect on how and why this and other massacres happened during the war.

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