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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV July 14-16, 2018

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday - 8am Monday, July 14-16, 2018  

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Sunday 2pm ET
D-Day Films
The Academy Award-winning World War II film "Saving Private Ryan" was released in theaters in 1998. The movie portrayed the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy and the mission to find a soldier behind enemy lines. At a National World War II Museum symposium to mark the 20th anniversary of the film's release, historians discuss other D-Day films and talk about how the directors approached the stories they told.

 

Saturday 8pm & midnight ET
Lectures in History: Interpreting the Reconstruction Era
University of Connecticut professor Manisha Sinha teaches a class about the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. She outlines the different ways historians have interpreted this period - either as a success for the rights granted under the new constitutional amendments or as a failure since it did not achieve equality for African Americans.

 

Saturday 10pm, Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "L'Effort Americain" - 1918
Two World War I scholars explain what's happening in a 1918 silent French film that was donated to the U.S. Army and recently digitized by the National Archives. Filmed by the French army and dedicated to the American effort, the film begins with the arrival of U.S. troops at French seaports, shows training activities, and ends in the summer of 1918 just as the French and Americans were planning a major offensive. This year is the centennial of U.S. participation in World War I.

 

Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: French World War I Soldiers
AThe U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania hosts an annual living history event featuring several hundred reenactors from all eras of American history. We visit a mock World War I trench to hear from two U.S. Army veterans who specialize in portraying French soldiers of the Great War.

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