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American History Prime Time Schedule, September 14-18, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time

September 14 - September 18, 2020
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3

 

Monday, September 14
History Through Photographs
During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration and, later, the Office of War Information created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talks about the photographers and the images.

 

Tuesday, September 15
History Through Photographs
The Vietnam War's Tet Offensive started on January 30, 1968, with Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacking more than 100 cities, towns and outposts across a broad swath of South Vietnam. We visited the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to tour an exhibit on the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Hue, where some of the most intense fighting of the campaign took place. We speak with former Stars & Stripes photographer John Olson about his photos and experiences in the battle.

 

Wednesday, September 16
End of World War II
On September 2, 1945, government and military officials from the Empire of Japan signed surrender documents in a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, formally bringing the Pacific War and the hostilities of World War II to a close. Japanese Emperor Hirohito had announced Japan's unconditional surrender 18 days earlier on August 15, 1945. To mark the 75th anniversary, the Friends of the World War II Memorial hosted an online commemorative program, including remarks by Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Gen. Mark Milley and former NBC News anchor and author Tom Brokaw.

 

Thursday, September 17
Reconstruction Amendments
Daniel Crofts discusses his book "Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union." He describes how, in 1861, Lincoln and the Republican Party supported a constitutional amendment quite different from the one that was eventually ratified in 1865. And he explains that Lincoln was against slavery but was willing to accept it in order to preserve the Union. The New-York Historical Society and the Bryant Park Reading Room co-hosted this event.

 

Friday, September 18
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial dedication ceremony takes place on September 17, 2020, with a keynote address by Eisenhower Memorial Commission chair Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and recorded remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The memorial honors the man who served two terms as the nation's 34th president following his service in World War II as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. Congress commissioned the Eisenhower Memorial in 1999.

 

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