Highlights This Weekend on American History TV August 1-3, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, August 1 - 8am Monday, August 3, 2020  


Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: The Spirit of Hiroshima - 1996
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, instantly killing more than 100,000 of the roughly 300,000 residents. Injuries and deaths from radiation haunted the city for decades. "The Spirit of Hiroshima" is a documentary produced for the 50th anniversary of the bombings and features the stories of several survivors - and a young family in Hiroshima trying to make sense of those events..


Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atommic Bomb Exhibit
Peter Kuznick gives a tour of an exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The exhibit was created in cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and the American University Museum. The exhibit included artifacts from the ruins, photographs, drawings by surviving children, and six large folding screen paintings by Japanese artists Ira and Toshi Maruki.



Saturday 10:55pm & Sunday 4:55pm ET
Oral Histories: Eugune DiSabatino
To mark the upcoming 75th anniversary of the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan, we feature a 2012 oral history recorded by the National World War II Museum. Army veteran Eugene DiSabatino talks about his assignment to the Manhattan Project, including being stationed at Los Alamos and accompanying the second bomb to Japan. The National World War II Museum provided the video..



And we'll be LIVE Thursday, Aug. 6 & Sunday, Aug. 9 . . . With more on the 75th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings:

Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945 after the August 6 and 9 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The formal surrender ceremony took place on September 2 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal will be LIVE to look at the strategic situation in World War II's Pacific theater leading up to the bombings, President Harry Truman's decision to use the new weapon, and the impact of these atom bombs. On August 6, we'll be LIVE on C-SPAN from 8am to 10am ET. Guests include Ian Toll, author of "Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945" and President Truman's grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel. And on August 9, we'll be LIVE on C-SPAN & C-SPAN 3 from 9am to 10am ET. All guests will respond to viewer calls and tweets.


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