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American History TV: Thursday, August 6 & Weekend of August 8-10, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Thursday, August 6 & 8am Saturday, August 8 - 8am Monday, August 10, 2020  

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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 to examine 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.

 

Thursday August 6
On the morning of the Hiroshima anniversary our guests are:
8 to 9am ET - Ian Toll, author of "Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945"
9 to 10am ET - President Truman's grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel

The program re-airs at 8pm ET Thursday on C-SPAN 3.

 

Sunday, August 9
Joining us on the morning of the Nagasaki anniversary:
9-9:30am ET - Richard Frank, author of "Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire"
9:30-10am ET - Peter Kuznick, director of American University's Nuclear Studies Institute

The program re-airs at 7pm ET Sunday on C-SPAN 3.

 

Also this coming weekend on American History TV:

 

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki" & "A Thousand Cranes: The Children of Hiroshima "
Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives documenting the aftermath of the atomic bombs of August, 1945. Some films were shot by Japanese newsreel teams, then confiscated by the U.S. military and hidden from the public for decades. Another set of color films were shot by Japanese and American teams and then classified. Film clips are shown as Mr. Mitchell discusses their history. He is the author of "Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made." This is followed by "A Thousand Cranes," a film documenting the origins of Hiroshima's Peace Park. It tells the story of how handmade paper cranes became a symbol of peace and remembrance for victims of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city.


Sunday 8pm ET& midnight
The Presidency: Potsdam Conference 75th Anniversary and President Truman & the Atomic Bomb
Michael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College - talks about the personalities and stakes involved at the 1945 Potsdam Conference convened near the end of World War II. President Truman had just assumed office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he met with Britain's Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union's Josef Stalin. It was during these meetings from July 17 to August 2 that Mr. Truman informed his Soviet counterpart about the new U.S. "super" weapon -- it would soon be unleashed on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At 9pm ET, Education Director Mark Adams shows items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum collection that tell the story of President Truman's decision to use the bombs, including White House documents and a sketch of a test explosion. We'll also see Mr. Truman's recorded announcement of the Hiroshima bomb and hear him explain years later why he used the new weapon.


 

 

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. Only on C-SPAN3.