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Highlights Memorial Day Weekend on American History TV May 26-29, 2018

by NinaShelton

Memorial Day 3-Day Weekend on American History TV on C-SPAN3
8am Saturday – 8am Tuesday May 26-29, 2018  

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Saturday 6pm ET
The Civil War: Reconstruction, Race & Andrew Johnson
Historian Allen Guelzo talks about his book, "Reconstruction: A Concise History." He argues that despite the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Reconstruction period failed to solidify the promise of African American equality, in part due to the poor leadership of President Andrew Johnson. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania co-hosted this event.

 

Sunday 2pm ET
"America First" & Foreign Policy, 1945 - 68
During the 1916 presidential election, Woodrow Wilson ran on the slogans "He Kept Us Out of War" and "America First." The Miller Center in Charlottesville, Virginia recently hosted a symposium looking at how "America First" ideology impacted U.S. foreign policy in the following years. This panel examines the Cold War era between 1945 and 1968. Topics include international trade policy, the rise of anti-communism in America and how conservatives like William F. Buckley Jr. critiqued society during this period.

 

Monday, 8am ET – with re-air at 8pm ET
World War I Centennial: U.S. in France, 1918
The U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, but it was a year later when American Army soldiers and Marines saw their first major combat on the Western Front. This Memorial Day on American History TV, we'll look back 100 years to key battles in northeastern France near the town of Chateau-Thierry and at Belleau Wood. More than 10,000 Americans died, were wounded, or went missing in this area.

Our coverage includes:
• 8am - a tour of the battlefield, monuments, and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France with World War I historian Mitchell Yockelson
• 9am - a LIVE program with Edward Lengel, author of "Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918" with viewer calls & tweets
• 10am - archival film of World War I battles, burials, and memorial dedications

The coverage will re-air at 8pm ET and will also include at 10pm ET a ceremony marking the centennial at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where many of the dead from the fighting at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau Wood are buried. 

 

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