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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV August 24-26, 2019

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV Three-Day Weekend
8am Saturday - 8am Monday
August 24-26, 2019
 

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LIVE Saturday:
400th Anniversary - First Africans in Virginia
In August 1619, colonist John Rolfe (Rolfe like "golf") recorded that "20 and odd" Africans arrived at Virginia's Point Comfort - captives on an English privateer ship who were exchanged for food. This marked the arrival of the first Africans in British North America. We look back 400 years to explore the origins and history of slavery.

 

8:30am ET Norfolk State University history professor and College of Liberal Arts dean Cassandra (kah-SAHN-drah) Alexander-Newby joins American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal LIVE from Point Comfort, now part of Virginia's Fort Monroe, to take viewer calls and tweets.

 

9:30am ET American History TV is LIVE with a commemorative ceremony at Fort Monroe marking the arrival of Africans in Virginia. Speakers include Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (D), and Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirkland Cox (R).

 

Saturday 6pm ET
The Civil War: The Whole War in 56 Minutes
Garry Adelman of the American Battlefield Trust begins with the lead-up to the war, including the Compromise of 1850, Bloody Kansas, Abraham Lincoln's 1860 election and the secession crisis. He highlights the major battles from each year and concludes with the Confederate surrender and Lincoln's assassination in 1865. The Gettysburg Heritage Center in Pennsylvania hosted this talk.

 

Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: African American History - Reconstruction Through Civil Rights
We tour the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian "Americans" exhibit with curator Cecile Ganteaume. In the Battle of Little Bighorn gallery, she shows us Lakota headdresses, shields, and drawings about the 1876 battle. We also explore how depictions of Plains Indians have changed over time in newspaper articles, movies, television and Wild West shows.

 

Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: White House Speechwriters
Three former White House speechwriters from the Obama and George W. Bush administrations talk about the process of turning a president's policies and politics into a speech. This session is from the Presidential Ideas Festival hosted by the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

 

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