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American History Prime Time Schedule: August 3-7, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time

August 3 - August 7, 2020
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3

 

Monday, August 3
Korean War Oral Histories
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and ended with an armistice agreement in July 1953. On a night of oral histories with Korean War veterans, we begin with Carl House, who recounts his part in the amphibious landing at Inchon, a victory for U.N. forces which turned the tide early in the war. He also talks about the surprise Chinese counterattack and intense combat at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir where he was captured, and details the squalid conditions and suffering he endured as a prisoner of the Chinese. The Korean War Legacy Foundation conducted this 2014 interview in Louisville, Kentucky. .

 

Tuesday, August 4
"Reel America" Police Training Films
American History TV's "Reel America" series features archival films that provide context for today's public affairs issues. On this night, we'll show four police training films. First up is "Mob and Riot Control" from 1964 - a film that addresses how to use batons, smoke, and tear gas to subdue civil unrest. After that, an orientation film for new police officers from 1965 - "A Great and Honorable Duty." Since tear gas has been in the news lately, we'll then show "Tear Gas in Law Enforcement," a 1962 training film describing what it's made of and how to use it correctly. And, finally, a more recent Justice Department film from 1993: "Use of Force Model" presents guidelines for when to use force when confronting a group of unruly protesters.

 

Wednesday, August 5
Manhattan Project
In a talk hosted by the Smithsonian Associates, Martin Sherwin talks about World War II's secret Manhattan Project, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the use of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Sherwin is the author of "A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies," and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer," about the physicist who was one of the leaders of America's wartime nuclear efforts.

 

Thursday, August 6
Hiroshima, Nagasaki & the End of World War II
August 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. The U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki three days later. Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945, with the formal surrender ceremony taking place on September 2 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal are LIVE on this morning of the Hiroshima anniversary to look at the strategic situation in the war's Pacific theater leading up to the bombings, President Harry Truman's decision to use the new weapon, and the legacy of these atom bombs. 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. The program re-airs at 8pm ET on C-SPAN 3.

 

Friday, August 7
Hiroshima, Nagasaki & the End of World War II
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 survivors - and of a young family in Hiroshima trying to make sense of those events.

 

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also on Washington Journal this week.