Highlights This Weekend on American History TV September 19-21, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, September 19 - 8am Monday, September 21, 2020  


Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Dedication
This coming Thursday, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial will be dedicated to the nation's 34th president, whose World War II leadership and two-term presidency are remembered at a site just off the National Mall and at the base of Capitol Hill. Speakers include memorial designer Frank Gehry, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, family members David and Susan Eisenhower, and Eisenhower Memorial Commission chair Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas).


Sunday 11am & 7pm ET
1960 Presidential Debate: John F. Kennedy & Richard Nixon
Sixty years ago this fall, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon met for their second televised debate. The candidates took questions from a panel of journalists on U.S. policy towards Cuba, relations with the Soviet Union, combating the spread of communism, and civil rights in America. Senator Kennedy defeated Vice President Nixon in a close general election, with less than one percent of the popular vote separating the two. The hour-long debate took place in Washington, D.C.

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 7pm ET
Reel America: U.S. Census
Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. government has set out to record population data. The count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and the 24th census of 2020 is currently underway. This week on Reel America, films on the U.S. Census from 1930 to 2020. First, from 1940, three 10-minute training films designed to show 140,000 "enumerators" how to do their job. That's followed by "The Big Count: The Story of the U.S. Census" from 1960. The National Education Television broadcast digs into the 1950 numbers to describe "How We Live." And then we look at several short promotional films made by the U.S. Census Bureau to encourage everyone to be counted. They aired between 1930 and 2020.

Sunday 2pm ET
1918 Flu Pandemic
The 1918 flu pandemic altered American life in ways that are familiar to those living through the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Conflicting information left people wary and fearful, college classes were held outside, sports were cancelled, masks were challenged as un-American and fines imposed on those who refused to wear them. The Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas hosts Christopher McKnight Nichols, who recounts how the country experienced the events of a century ago and the lessons we might learn. He directs Oregon State University's Center for the Humanities.



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