Highlights This Weekend on American History TV May 18-20, 2019

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday - 8am Monday, May 18-20, 2019  


Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: Omar Ibn Said Collection
American History TV was at the Library of Congress to learn about Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim scholar from West Africa who was captured, sold into slavery, and shipped to South Carolina in the early 1800s. In 1831, he wrote the only known American slave narrative in Arabic. Curator Mary-Jane Deeb showed us his autobiography and several documents in their collection, including letters about Said and texts from West Africa.


Saturday 6pm ET
The Civil War: Western Theater Tactics
The University of Virginia Center for Civil War History hosted a day-long conference. University of Cincinnati professor Christopher Phillips spoke there about Western theater tactics and ideologies, such as guerrilla fighting, and how they influenced the war elsewhere.


Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "Apollo 10: To Sort Out The Unknowns"
Fifty years ago, on May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 blasted off for an eight-day mission to rehearse for the moon landing to come two months later. It included a lunar orbit, a descent within nine miles of the moon's surface, and crucial tests that paved the way for Apollo 11. This NASA film documents the mission.


Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: Watergate Judicial & Prosecutorial Conduct
This August will be 45 years since President Nixon resigned his office. Geoff Shepard, who was principal deputy to the president's lead defense lawyer, makes the case for what he says was judicial and prosecutorial abuse in the Watergate scandal that ended Mr. Nixon's presidency. This lecture is from a Temple University course Mr. Shepard taught this semester called "Watergate Revisited: An Insider's View." In his White House role, he helped transcribe the Watergate tapes

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