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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV March 24-26

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday – 8am Monday March 24-26, 2018  

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Sunday 8:30 - 10am ET LIVE (re-airs 6:30 & 10:30pm ET)
1968: America in Turmoil: Presidential Election
For nine consecutive Sunday mornings, we look back 50 years to that turbulent time. This Sunday our focus is the presidential election with guests:

• Pat Buchanan who worked on Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in 1968. He served President Nixon as a White House special assistant and later was President Reagan's communications director. Mr. Buchanan sought the Republican presidential nomination in the 1992 and 1996 campaigns. He is the author of "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority."

• Barbara Perry who is presidential studies director at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. She also co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program there and is the author of numerous books on presidents and first ladies.

In the end, it was Democrat Hubert Humphrey vs. Republican Richard Nixon. The cast of characters dominating 1968 presidential politics included LBJ, Eugene McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller and third-party candidate George Wallace. Before it was over, the sitting president was out of the race, another Kennedy was assassinated, violent clashes between Chicago police and protesters dominated television coverage of the Democratic National Convention, and Richard Nixon had won a decisive victory.

 

Saturday 10pm, Sunday 10am & 4pm ET
Reel America: LBJ Announcement & Nixon in New Hampshire – 1968
In a televised speech from the Oval Office on March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson surprised the nation and many of his own staff by announcing that he would not run for re-election that year. We'll show his address, which also outlines steps to limit the war in Vietnam. Then, a "Nixon for President" campaign film shows the former vice president meeting voters in New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Mr. Nixon would go on to win primaries in both of those states on his way to securing the GOP nomination.

 

 

Saturday 7:05pm ET
Nancy Pelosi's Smithsonian Donation
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007. In this ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, she donated artifacts from the swearing-in, including the speaker's gavel, a copy of her speech and the suit she wore. The items will be part of the museum's political history collection.

 

Sunday 12:55pm ET
Remembering William F. Buckley Jr.
The National Review Institute looks at the life and legacy of William F. Buckley Jr., the TV personality, political activist and founder of the National Review who died in 2008.

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