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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV June 16-18, 2018

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday – 8am Monday June 16-18, 2018  

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Saturday 8pm & midnight ET
Lectures in History: Public Lands & the Law
Duke University professor Laura Edwards teaches a class on public lands and the law in the early American Republic. She looks at the Founder's competing visions for westward expansion, particularly the views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. She also talks about the multiple federal laws aimed at controlling land distribution and discusses the law's role in usurping Native American lands.

 

Saturday 10pm, Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "Memphis Belle – A Story of a Flying Fortress" – 1944
Seventy-five years ago, in May 1943, the Memphis Belle became one of the first B-17 bombers to complete 25 missions in Europe without being shot down. "The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress" is a film created for the Office of War Information by Hollywood director William Wyler and a crew of photographers. It documents several 1943 missions, including combat scenes over German territory. The National Film Registry selected the film for preservation.

 

Sunday 10am, 6:45pm & 10:45pm ET
Oral Histories: Witness to War Foundation
U.S. State Department foreign service officer James Bullington was assigned to Vietnam during the war. It was there he met his future wife, Tuy-Cam, a foreign national, who served as his translator. The Bullingtons talk about their time in Vietnam, including the 1966 burning of the U.S. consulate in Hue. They also describe how Mr. Bullington disguised himself as a French priest when they were trapped behind enemy lines during the first days of the 1968 Tet Offensive. The Witness to War Foundation conducted this interview.

 

Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: "Echoes of the Great War – American Experiences of World War I"
We tour a Library of Congress exhibit marking the centennial of U.S. participation in World War I with curator Ryan Reft. He shows us artwork, posters, photographs, films, sheet music, and documents which illustrate American ideas about the war prior to U.S. entry and the subsequent preparations for war.

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