American History Prime Time Schedule: May 25-29, 2020
C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time
May 25 - May 29, 2020
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3
Monday, May 25
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.
Tuesday, May 26
Purdue Political History Conference
Last summer Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana hosted a conference called "Remaking American Political History." We begin a night of programs from the gathering with a panel of historians looking at the correlation between violence and U.S. political change from the time of the American Revolution to present day..
Wednesday, May 27
World War I
On September 26, 1918, the U.S. Army in France launched the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest battle in American history with more than one million troops engaged. The 47-day battle culminated in the November 11, 1918 armistice that ended World War I. We traveled to northeastern France with historian Mitchell Yockelson and French battlefield guide Guillaume Moizan to tour several battle locations, including places where Harry Truman, George Patton, and Douglas MacArthur had formative life experiences. Along the way, we discover several artifacts of the Great War, including an unexploded 75-millimeter artillery shell on the floor of the Argonne Forest.
Thursday, May 28
The C-SPAN Cities Tour explores the American story with a look at the Great Depression era. Hear stories and visit places around the nation related to this historic economic downturn. That's followed by Cities Tour stops featuring the history of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Amarillo, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Bryan/College Station, Texas
Friday, May 29
Lectures in History
From American History TV's "Lectures in History" series, which takes viewers inside college classroom around the country, Wellesley College professor Brenna Greer teaches a class debunking some of the myths surrounding Rosa Parks and the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott. Professor Greer argues that Rosa Parks was not the first African American woman who refused to give up her seat and that the boycott had planning and precedent. She also explores why a simplified version of this history has become so widespread.
American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also on Washington Journal this week.