Highlights This Weekend on American History TV May 23-26, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
Three-Day Memorial Day Weekend
8am Saturday, May 23 - 8am Monday, May 26, 2020


Saturday 8pm ET
Lectures in History: Nixon, Ford & the Constitution
Duquesne University president Ken Gormley teaches a class on constitutional issues that arose during the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He focuses on the Watergate investigation and questions of control over Nixon's secretly recorded White House tapes, and Ford's pardon of Nixon following the 37th president's resignation in August 1974. Duquesne University moved its classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and video of the class is courtesy of the school. .


Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "Discover America" - 1967
In February 1965, President Lyndon Johnson called on Vice President Hubert Humphrey to lead a cabinet task force on tourism. In an initiative called "Discover America," the group worked with the tourism industry to promote an increase in domestic travel. With the coronavirus pandemic severely limiting travel for most Americans, we feature the 1967 United Airlines film "Discover America." Narrated by actor Burgess Meredith, the aerial trip across the United States highlights natural and man-made attractions from coast to coast.



Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: Mobile, Alabama African American Heritage Trail
American History TV joined tour guide Eric Finley to learn about the early history of Mobile, Alabama, and to visit Africatown, a National Historic Landmark neighborhood north of the city founded by former slaves who were captives on the ship Clotilda. Recently discovered under the mud of the Mobile River, the Clotilda smuggled approximately 110 kidnapped West Africans to Mobile in 1860. This is part one of a two-part tour.


Monday 8pm ET
V-E Day 75th Anniversary
Seventy-five years ago on May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces, bringing an end to hostilities in World War II's European theater. May 8 is known as V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day. American History TV and Washington Journal were LIVE to mark the anniversary with a look at the lead-up to the surrender and the meaning of the Nazi defeat for Europe and the rest of the world. Our guest was Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson, author of "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945," the final book in his "Liberation Trilogy" about the Allied triumph in Europe.

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